India reports first monkeypox death

India reported its first monkeypox death in the southern state of Kerala on Sunday, the Indian Express quoted the state's Health Minister Veena George as saying.

The 22-year-old man, a native of Kerala's Thrissur district, died at a private hospital, days after he returned from the UAE.

The minister said the youth had tested positive for monkeypox abroad but a probe would be conducted in India to ascertain the cause of death.

"The youth had no symptoms of monkeypox. He had been admitted to a hospital with symptoms of encephalitis and fatigue. His relatives handed over the test result only on Saturday. A high-level probe would be held into the death as monkeypox has a very low fatality rate," said the minister. 

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