The Dakshina Kannada district administration on Tuesday ordered isolation of 35 people, including passengers and Mangalore airport staff, who came in contact with a Mangana disease patient from Kerala.
The Kerala government has informed the district administration that one patient has entered India through Mangalore airport.
The 31-year-old man had arrived at the Mangalore airport from Dubai on July 13, landed in Mangalore and then proceeded to Kerala and was examined at Periaram Medical College in Kannur, Kerala. Doctors sent the man’s blood samples to the Pune Virology Center, where he was confirmed to be infected with the monkey disease.
The 31-year-old man is the second patient of the monkey disease in the country.
District Surveillance Officer Dr Jagadish K said: “We have collected the contact details of 34 passengers who were seated in the front and back of the three rows closest to the infected passengers and all of them have been isolated at home. As of now, no one has shown symptoms of the monkey disease,” he said.
He said there were 191 passengers on board the man. Among them 15 passengers are from Dakshina Kannada, six from Udupi district and 13 from Kasaragod and Kannur in Kerala.
“Nine people from South Kannada have been isolated and two have given wrong addresses, so we are taking police help in this regard. We will track them soon,” he said.
Apart from him, the Immigration Department Officer of Mangalore Airport has been instructed to be isolated by the District Health Department.
District Health Officer Dr. Rajesh BV said that the isolated persons will be monitored daily and if any symptoms of the disease are found, they will be shifted to the isolation ward of District Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore.
About a month ago, a 10-bed monkeypox isolation ward was opened at Wenlock Hospital.
Dakshina Kannada District Collector KV Rajendra directed airline staff to identify passengers on every flight with symptoms like fever and swollen lymph nodes before landing at the Mangalore International Airport.
“Airline staff should identify passengers with symptoms before each flight lands. Passengers with symptoms should be isolated and allowed to see a health officer. Suspected cases should be immediately sent by ambulance to the reserved Monkeypox Isolation Ward at Wenlock District Hospital,” said Rajendra.
The country’s first case of monkeypox was detected in Kerala’s Kollam district on July 14 and is being treated at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and Hospital.