Tamil Nadu health secretary writes to district collectors to step up vigil for monkeypox

Tamil Nadu Health Minister J Radhakrishnan wrote to all district collectors and Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner on Monday about precautionary steps to be taken in light of monkeypox outbreaks reported from countries such as the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

Radhakrishnan said in a statement that he shares the advice he received from the National Center for Disease Control regarding the animal viral disease. People who report an unexplained rash, those who have traveled in the past 21 days to a country with a recent confirmed or suspected case of monkeypox, and those who report contact with confirmed or suspected monkeypox patients will be placed in a setting.

“All suspected cases are isolated in designated health care facilities until all lesions are resolved and a new layer of skin forms or until the treating physician decides to end the isolation,” the statement said.

All such patients should be reported to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program’s District Surveillance Officer, and all infection control practices should be followed while treating these patients.

The Ministry of Health will send lab samples consisting of fluids from vesicles, blood, sputum, etc. to Pune National Virology Institute for monkeypox testing if suspected. If a positive case is detected, his contacts from the previous 12 days should be traced immediately.

Two days ago, the state reported its first case of the Omicron BA.4 subtype after a teen tested positive for Covid.

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