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Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka has detected first Monkeypox infected patient in the country, health officials said on Friday amid a rise in people with Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

The Deputy Director General of Health Services Hemantha Herath confirming to the EconomyNext regarding the findings said a complete information regarding the patient will be issued by the Director General of Health Services Asela Gunawardane within the day.

“It is confirmed that the patient has been identified, and it was confirmed while doing testing in a specific area which the information including where he is coming from will be given by DG Gunawardane in a moment” Herath told EconomyNext on Friday.

Sources at the health ministry said the man was 20-years who came from Dubai.

Monkeypox, a transmitted disease through direct contact or through sexually that said to be identified mostly among homosexual men, was declared as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization in June, 2022.

With the disease being globally spread, the World Health Organization has made a set of recommendations for countries.

These recommendations include to implement a coordinated response to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups, engage and protect affected communities, intensify surveillance and public health measures, strengthen clinical management and infection prevention and control in hospitals and clinics, accelerate research into the use of vaccines, and on international travel.

Sri Lanka health officials have raised concerns over rising of Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among people specially among people with homosexual relationships and in young generation below 45 years of age amid economic crisis. (Colombo/Nov 04/2022)

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