Karnataka Chief Minister Bomai will review the monkeypox situation after the Kerala man’s death

After one person died of monkeypox in neighboring Kerala, Karnataka Chief Minister Biswaraj Bomai on Tuesday called an “important meeting” of health ministers and department officials to implement control measures and treatment facilities. What to do?

Samples from a 22-year-old man, who died in Kerala last week, tested positive for monkeypox on Monday, official sources in New Delhi said.

The Karnataka Chief Minister also hinted that the government is likely to issue some directives after the meeting. “We have taken monkey pox seriously,” Bomai said on Monday. “Yesterday I have called an important meeting with the health minister and health department officials to discuss how to screen passengers. To be done, setting up of labs and other steps that need to be taken.”

Speaking to reporters here, he said, the meeting will decide on the steps that need to be taken and issue guidelines to control the spread of monkey pox, along with necessary treatment. And also regarding medication arrangements. The 22-year-old, who had recently returned from the United Arab Emirates, died in Kerala on Saturday, allegedly due to monkey disease.

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Sunday said that an Ethiopian national, who was suspected to be a case of monkey pox in Bengaluru, has turned out to be a case of chicken pox. He had said that all passengers from affected countries are being screened on arrival in the state.

The Karnataka government has recently decided to step up surveillance activities and keep a tight vigil in the state. It has directed the officials of all the districts of the state to ensure effective preparedness and take necessary action as per the Centre’s guidelines on monkeypox and the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee.

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