Tamil Nadu Health Minister dismisses Monkeypox fake news

The Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Ma Subramanian had refuted claims of monkeypox cases exisiting in the state.

Monkeypox: Health Minister Ma Subramanian said that there has been fake news circulating on social media saying, that 4 cases of Monkeypox were detected in the city of Nagercoil.

Monkeypox fake news


Don’t believe fake news. If we find any such case, we’ll tell the media to make people aware of the disease,” the minister said.

There have been 4 cases of monkeypox detected in India, with 3 from Kerala and 1 in Delhi. In another case, a man was suspected to carry the disease. So he was admitted to a government hospital in Telangana’s Khammam on July 27.

The World Health Organisation on 23rd July declared monkeypox a ‘global emergency’ with cases being detected across the world.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director of WHO stated that ‘we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little and which meets the criteria in the International Health Regulations.’ “For all of these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern.”

Cases in India

The first case of monkeypox was detected in the city of Kollam in Kerala, the man had arrived from the UAE. Further, he had tested positive for Monkeypox on 14th July. The second case was found from a Dubai returnee and the third is a resident of Mallapuram. Who arrived in Kerela on 6th July and started having symptoms a week later on 13th.

The fourth case of Monkeypox was detected in Delhi. However, the man did not have a history of international travel.

The Health Minister of Kerala, Veena George said that there was no need to worry. Hence, he also assured that there has been no outbreak of the disease and testing across the state has increased.