Delhi reported its first case of monkeypox, and India’s fourth, with a 34-year-old man testing positive for the disease that is spreading across the world for the first time. The man is a resident of Paschim Vihar in west Delhi and has no history of travel to countries affected by the disease, unlike the other three cases reported from Kerala, officials said.
The Delhi patient had gone on a holiday to Himachal Pradesh last month with male friends. Soon after, he developed fever but ignored the symptoms initially thinking it could be caused by seasonal changes, sources said. However, when the fever didn’t subside for almost a week and skin lesions began to appear at several places, the 34-year -old got alarmed. Sources said the man visited a physician and a skin specialist before being referred to Lok Nayak hospital – the designated centre for isolation and management of suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox.
“The patient was admitted to our hospital three days ago with fever and skin eruptions that were suggestive of monkeypox. We took his skin lesion and blood sample and sent them to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for confirmation. It has come positive,” Dr Suresh Kumar, the medical director of Lok Nayak hospital, said. He added that currently the patient is stable and he is being given symptomatic treatment. In the meanwhile, another team of health officials are tracking everyone the patient came in contact with over the past few days and isolating those with disease symptoms.