Monkeypox Outbreak: Children More At Risk Says ICMR

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Published: May 28,2022 02:17 PM
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Dr Aparna Mukherjee, ICMR scientist said, “Kids are more susceptible to the monkeypox infection."

May 28, 2022: Amid the spike in monkeypox cases around the world, the government’s medical body, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), on Friday (May 27, 2022) informed that children are more at risk of getting infected by the monkeypox virus.



Much to the relief of people in India, an ICMR scientist said that no cases have been reported in India so far, adding that the country is prepared in view of increasing infections in the non-endemic countries.



In an interview with news agency ANI, Dr Aparna Mukherjee, ICMR scientist said, “Kids are more susceptible to the monkeypox infection. The elderly people would be vaccinated with the smallpox vaccine. After the 1980s, people who did not get the smallpox vaccine that gives cross-immunity to fight against the infection, so the younger people will be more susceptible.”



She also said that people should not panic, people should avoid close contact with people testing positive for monkeypox



The ICMR scientist further listed unusual symptoms which people should keep a close watch on, especially those who have a travel history from the monkeypox-infected countries.



5 Symptoms of Monkeypox



•             Body ache



•             Rashes



•             High fever



•             A lot of lymphadenopathies



•             Large lymph nodes



 



Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has said that nearly 200 cases of Monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited vaccines and drugs available worldwide. Amid the spike in monkeypox cases around the world, the government’s medical body, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), on Friday (May 27, 2022) informed that children are more at risk of getting infected by the monkeypox virus.



Much to the relief of people in India, an ICMR scientist said that no cases have been reported in India so far, adding that the country is prepared in view of increasing infections in the non-endemic countries.



In an interview with news agency ANI, Dr Aparna Mukherjee, ICMR scientist said, “Kids are more susceptible to the monkeypox infection. The elderly people would be vaccinated with the smallpox vaccine. After the 1980s, people who did not get the smallpox vaccine that gives cross-immunity to fight against the infection, so the younger people will be more susceptible.”



She also said that people should not panic, people should avoid close contact with people testing positive for monkeypox



The ICMR scientist further listed unusual symptoms which people should keep a close watch on, especially those who have a travel history from the monkeypox-infected countries.



5 Symptoms of Monkeypox



•             Body ache



•             Rashes



•             High fever



•             A lot of lymphadenopathies



•             Large lymph nodes



 



Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has said that nearly 200 cases of Monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited vaccines and drugs available worldwide.