India Issues New Travel Restrictions Amid Fears of Monkeypox


Just as we sought relief from the coronavirus pandemic, monkeypox infection took the world by storm. More than 20 countries have confirmed more than 300 monkeypox infections. This disease was first identified in monkeys from Central and West Africa. India’s Union Health Ministry has advised hospitals in all states to closely monitor symptomatic patients who have traveled to countries with monkeypox infections and to monitor them closely. These are the travel guidelines issued by some Indian states.



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State Governments Vigilant

The Union Health Ministry has directed airport and port officials to be vigilant of monkeypox infections. Tamil Nadu government directed passengers arriving from African nations to contact local health authorities in case they have monkeypox symptoms. The West Bengal government-directed hospitals in the state to open separate wards to isolate symptomatic patients. A travel advisory read that any passenger having an unexplained rash or has arrived from at-risk nations, or has come in contact with monkeypox patients, in the last 21 days, will be isolated at designated wards.

Rajasthan to check passengers arriving from abroad

The Mumbai civic agency has already maintained a 28-bed ward at Kasturba Hospital ready to isolate symptomatic patients. The Karnataka government has asked airport officials to pay attention to travelers sick or traveling from countries infected with monkeypox. In Rajasthan, all passengers arriving from the United States, Canada, Australia or Europe will be tested for monkeypox. If they test positive, they must undergo isolation.

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