India Issues New Travel Restrictions Amid Monkeypox Scare In Several Countries

by Sanjana Shenoy
India Issues New Travel Restrictions Amid Monkeypox Scare In Several Countries

Just when we sought relief from the coronavirus pandemic, the monkeypox infection has taken over the world. Over 20 countries have confirmed over 300 monkeypox infections. This disease was first identified in monkeys from central and west Africa. India’s Union Health Ministry has advised hospitals of all states to keep a close watch on symptomatic patients who travelled to countries with monkeypox infections, and keep a close watch on them. Here are the travel guidelines issued by some Indian states.

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.,

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Rajasthan To Screen Passengers Arriving From Abroad

The Mumbai civic body has already kept a 28-bed ward ready at Kasturba Hospital to isolate symptomatic patients. The Karnataka government has asked airport officials to be vigilant of travellers who are sick or travelling from monkeypox infected nations. In Rajasthan, any passenger who arrives from USA, Canada, Australia or Europe, will be screened for monkeypox. If they turn positive, they must undergo isolation.