Karnataka health officials on alert as second monkeypox patient landed at Mangaluru airport

Source: DHNS | Published on 20th July 2022, 1:23 PM | Coastal News | State News |

Mangaluru: The 31-year-old Malayali who was confirmed to have contracted monkeypox had travelled to Kannur, Kerala, from Mangaluru International Airport (MIA). The district health officials are on alert and have begun contacting the monkeypox patient’s co-passengers in the flight from Dubai.

District surveillance officer Dr Jagadeesh told DH that the patient from Dubai had arrived at the MIA on July 13. From the airport, he had travelled to his hometown in his family’s vehicle. The district official also said that the 31-year-old did not have any symptoms on arrival at the airport, and developed rashes on July 15.

The man was later admitted to a medical college hospital in Kannur. His blood work tested positive for monkeypox.

There were 191 passengers in the flight from Dubai, along with the monkeypox patient. The contact details of all passengers who travelled in the three rows close to the patient’s seat were collected. There were 10 passengers from Mangaluru, eight from Udupi and about 15 from Kasargod. 

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