Delhi monkeypox case: Delhi: Monkeypox patient tested negative, discharged from hospital

A patient suspected of having monkeypox, admitted to the LNJP hospital here, has been discharged from the hospital after testing negative on Thursday, a senior doctor said. He said a Ghaziabad man, in his 30s, had been diagnosed with chickenpox.

The man was admitted to the Delhi government-run hospital, the designated center for monkeypox, on Tuesday, with fever and skin lesions.

“The suspected monkeypox case was brought to the LNJP hospital two days ago. He was discharged today after his reports came back negative,” Suresh Kumar, LNJP medical director, told PTI.

On the other hand, Kumar said samples from the first reported case of monkeypox, who is currently in the hospital, have been taken and sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

“His vital signs are normal and the condition of the lesion is improving,” he added.

Four cases of monkeypox virus have been reported so far in the country, including three from Kerala.

Monkeypox is a zoonotic viral disease (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in patients with smallpox, although clinically less severe.

Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks. They usually present with fever, headache, rash, sore throat, cough, and swollen lymph nodes.

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