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India confirmed its first death from monkeypox on Monday, a young man in the southern state of Kerala, in what is only the fourth known death from the disease in the current outbreak.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George said he tested positive in the UAE before returning to India.
“We were informed that the person had been tested on July 19 in the United Arab Emirates for monkeypox, and it was found positive. So, just then the private hospital authorities informed the health department and the our team went there and unfortunately that person died on the evening of July 30th, ”George said on Monday.
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India’s federal health ministry did not comment on the death, except to say that the government had formed a task force of senior officials to monitor monkeypox cases in the country, where local media reported at least five infections.
The World Health Organization said 78 countries had reported more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox at the end of last month, the majority in Europe.
He says the monkeypox virus causes a disease with less severe symptoms than smallpox and occurs mainly in Central and West Africa. The disease is transmitted from animals to humans.
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Human-to-human transmission occurs through contact with body fluids, lesions on the skin or internal mucosal surfaces, such as in the mouth or throat, respiratory droplets, and contaminated objects.