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Odishatv Bureau

Delhi on Sunday reported the first case of Monkeypox. The patient has been admitted to Maulana Azad Medical College, confirmed the Health Ministry. 

As per ANI, the patient is a 31-year-old man with no travel history. He has been admitted to the hospital with fever and skin lesions.

According to the source, his samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune on Saturday which came out positive. With this new positive case, India's overall monkeypox tally has increased to four.

Kerala on Friday registered its third monkeypox case as a youth, who had arrived from the UAE, in Malappuram district tested positive.

Earlier today, the World Health Organization called on countries in South - East Asia Region to strengthen surveillance and public health measures for monkeypox, with the disease being declared a public health emergency of international concern.

"Monkeypox spreading rapidly and to countries that haven't seen it before. Cases are concentrated among men who have sex with men. Our measures should be sensitive, devoid of stigma or discrimination," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region.

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