No patients infected with monkeypox in country: Health Ministry...

No patients infected with monkeypox in country: Health Ministry

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:26 PM, 7 June 2022   Updated: 08:27 PM, 7 June 2022

No patients infected with monkeypox in country: Health Ministry

No patients infected with monkeypox in country: Health Ministry

No one has been infected with the monkeypox virus in Bangladesh so far, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

A press release issued by the ministry on Tuesday said that the information spread in various online and electronic news outlets of the country, including various social media, about the existence of "monkeypox in the body of a foreign national" was incorrect. 

It is said that no person has been infected with monkeypox in the country so far. The public will be informed through a press release if any person is infected in the future.

Earlier in the day, a Turkish national was admitted to a hospital in the capital from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on suspicion of being infected with monkeypox, officials said.

Airport Health Center in charge Shahriar Sajjad said the man was first taken to the Airport Health Center and later to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Mohakhali.

He said six passengers arrived on a Turkish Airlines flight at noon. The health authorities at the airport suspected that the man had monkeypox symptoms during the screening.

Earlier, on May 22, the government directed the concerned authorities to intensify surveillance and screening of monkeypox infected people who came to Bangladesh through land ports and airports.

The Director General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notification in this regard. It is said that monkeypox is not a new disease. In the past, it was found among people in West and Central African countries. It has recently been detected in European and American countries without having traveled to African countries.

Those who have been infected with the virus or come in contact with infected people should be listed as suspected patients of monkeypox.

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