THRISSUR: In a suspected case of monkeypox infection, a 22-year-old man from Kuranjiyur near Guruvayur in Kerala died on Saturday morning.
The samples taken from him have been sent for tests to the National Institute of Virology unit at Alappuzha, state health authorities said.
The man had returned from the UAE a couple of days ago, and had no external symptoms commonly associated with monkeypox. He was admitted to a hospital in the city on July 27.
The 22-year-old Kerala man’s relatives had informed hospital authorities that he had fever and had collapsed. Initially, doctors suspected he was suffering from meningitis as he had symptoms like altered consciousness and fever. Since he was also suspected to be having tuberculosis, he was isolated at the hospital and tests were carried out for this, hospital sources said.
However, when he died on Saturday morning, the relatives informed he was suspected to have come in contact with a monkeypox patient in the UAE. They had also shown the screenshot of a test result sent by his friends from the UAE.
But doctors at the hospital found that the screenshot did not have any name and details of the patient, and they said tests have to be conducted in India.