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Centre forms task force to monitor monkeypox virus situation in India

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formed a special task force (STF) to monitor monkeypox cases in India. NITI Aayog member (health) VK Paul has been appointed as the head of the special task force (STF) to monitor monkeypox cases.

  • The special task force (STF) will monitor and provide guidance to the government on the expansion of diagnostic facilities and exploring vaccination for the infection in the country.
  • The team will be headed by Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog and other members will be Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Pharma and Biotech

Monkeypox cases in India

  • India registered four Monkeypox cases so far, three cases in Kerala and one in Delhi. A youth in Kerala who was having monkeypox-like symptoms died.
  • According to World Health Organization (WHO), over 18,000 cases have been reported from 78 countries.

What is Monkeypox

  • Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease which is caused by the monkeypox virus and it belongs to the same family of viruses that causes smallpox.
  • As per the WHO, The Monkeypox disease is endemic in regions like West and Central Africa but lately, cases have been reported from non-endemic countries.

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