A Kerala man, who was India’s first monkeypox patient and was being treated at the Government Medical College here, has recovered from the disease, state Health Minister Veena George said on Saturday. The 35-year old, hailing from Kollam, would be discharged later in the day, she said.
As it was the first case of monkeypox in the country, tests were conducted twice at an interval of 72 hours as per the instructions of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), she said.
“All samples were negative twice. The patient is physically and mentally healthy. The skin bumps are completely cured. He will be discharged today,” George said.
The minister also said the test results of his family members, who were in the primary contact list with him, are also negative.
At present, the health condition of two other persons, who had also tested positive for the infection, remains satisfactory, the minister said, adding prevention and surveillance measures would be continued with the same vigour.
Meanwhile, an Ethiopian national with symptoms of monkeypox has been quarantined at a private hospital here, the Karnataka health department said.
His samples have been sent to Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute laboratory for confirmation and reports are awaited.