India reported the fourth confirmed case of Monkeypox within the country on July 24, 2022. The case was diagnosed when the thirty-four-year-old patient, a resident of Delhi, showed signs of a fever and skin lesions. The man had recently returned from a trip to Arunachal Pradesh. He is currently receiving treatment in the designated isolation centre of Lok Nayak hospital and is reported as being stable. The man has had no recent history of foreign travel. This was the first case of Monkeypox discovered outside of Kerala, from where the three previous cases all hailed.
This discovery of India’s fourth Monkeypox victim comes within hours of the disease being declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The organization announced that the rapid spread of Monkeypox and its outbreak represents a global health emergency, and assigned the highest alert level. This announcement is a call for a coordinated international effort in eradicating this threat.