Dhaka-arrive Turkish national shows no monkeypox symptoms: DGHS
Published: 11:41 AM, 8 June 2022 Updated: 12:55 PM, 8 June 2022
Representational Photo of monkeypox detection
The Turkish national who came to Dhaka did not have any monkeypox symptoms, Ahmedul Kabir, additional director general (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), informed the media.
“The Turkish man has no symptoms of monkeypox. The rash on his body is due to ‘chronic skin disease’,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a press release on Tuesday that “it was noticed that the information about the existence of monkeypox was being spread in the body of a foreign national on various online and electronic media including various social media. This information is not accurate.”
“None has been infected with monkeypox in the country so far,” the press release said, adding that no one in the country infected with monkeypox so far. If any person is affected in the future, the media will be informed through notification.
A Turkish national was admitted to a hospital in the capital from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) on suspicion of being infected with monkeypox yesterday afternoon, officials said.
“The man was first taken to the Airport Health Center and later taken to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Mohakhali,” said Dr. Shahriar Sajjad, in-charge of the Airport Health Center.
He added that the passenger arrived on a Turkish Airlines flight at noon. The health authorities at the airport suspected that the man had contracted monkeypox 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 DGHS issued a notification in this regard where is was mentioned that “the 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 humans 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.”