Bengal health department issues fresh guidelines on monkey pox

Amid rapid rise in monkey pox cases that spread to 21 countries, the West Bengal health department issued a fresh statement today (Friday) instructing the state hospitals to arrange for separate medical facilities to control the spread of the virus.

In addition, the health officials suggested that samples of the suspected patients be collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune and keep isolation beds ready if necessary for patients with mild symptoms and send them to Beliaghata General Hospital to check if the person is infected with the disease.    

“Any sick passenger with travel history to monkey pox affected countries will have to be isolated and samples sent to the BSL4 facility of the National Institute of Virology in Pune for investigation,” an official said.

Meanwhile, the new guidelines issued by the department advised the superintendents of health departments of each district, Kolkata municipality and all medical colleges to stay extra vigilant despite no outbreak of monkey pox in the country so far.

Fresh alert has also been issued for the health officials and immigration officers at the Kolkata International airport as well to keep a watch on passengers suffering from fever, rashes or swollen lymph, especially those with recent travel history to Europe, US and Africa.

The UK, US, Africa and some European countries including Portugal and Spain have reported confirmed cases of monkey pox.

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