New Delhi: A 34-year-old man from Delhi with no history of foreign travel has tested positive for Monkeypox, the first case of the virus in the national capital, an official source said on Sunday.
The patient was admitted to the Maulana Azad Medical College Hospital around three days ago after he showed symptoms of Monkeypox.
According to the source, his samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune on Saturday which came out positive.
The Union Health Ministry later officially confirmed the first case of Monkeypox in Delhi, saying that the 34-year-old male patient is presently isolated at the Lok Nayak Hospital in the national capital.
In a statement, the Ministry said the confirmation of the diagnosis has been done by National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.
"The patient is presently recovering at a designated isolation centre at the Lok Nayak Hospital. Close contacts have been identified are under quarantine as per the MoHFW guidelines," it added.
With this, India's overall monkeypox tally has increased to four. Earlier, health officials in Kerala had confirmed three Monkeypox cases in the state.
All three Monkeypox patients confirmed in Kerala have a history of foreign travels.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global Monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.
The global health body said the expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an "extraordinary" situation that now qualifies as a global emergency.
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