Monkeypox scare: India returnee sent to Jessore hospital

He is undergoing medical tests, say doctors

A man was sent to Jessore General Hospital with suspected symptoms of monkeypox on return from India on Friday.

Abbas Ali, 42, a resident of Daora village in Shailkupa upazila of Jhenaidah, went to India on June 3. He returned through Benapole this afternoon, said Raju Ahmed, officer-in-Charge (OC) of Benapole Immigration Police.

Abbas was rushed to the health centre after the immigration authority noticed rashes on his body during screening, he added.

Dr Mohsina Akhter Rumpa, health officer of Benapole primary health care centre said that nothing can be confirmed before medical tests.

“The man was initially thought to be infected with chickenpox. However, he has been sent to Jessore General Hospital under special arrangements where senior officials will look after the matter,” she added.

Earlier, a Turkish citizen, who showed suspected symptoms of monkeypox, was sent to hospital after arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on June 7.

However, he was discharged from the hospital after tests found no monkeypox virus.

On May 22, the government instructed the authorities concerned to strengthen surveillance at land, air, and sea ports for screening travellers coming to Bangladesh from countries with confirmed monkeypox cases.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notice in this regard.

According to the notice, monkeypox is not a new disease. It was found among people in West and Middle African countries in the past. Recently it has been detected among people living in European and American countries with no history of travelling to African countries.

People who contracted the virus or came close to the infected people should be listed as suspected patients of monkeypox, it said.

The suspected patients or patients having symptoms should be taken to government hospitals or Infectious Diseases Hospital in Dhaka and kept in isolation and it should be reported to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).