A suspected Monkeypox patient was detected at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday and admitted to Infectious Diseases Hospital for isolation.
"The 32-year-old passenger arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on a flight of Turkish Airlines at around 2:00 pm and was taken to the airport's health centre," Dr Shahriar Sazzad, health officer-in-charge of the Health Center at Dhaka airport, told The Business Standard.
He was later moved to Infectious Diseases Hospital for isolation.
Dr Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of Infectious Diseases Hospital, said that he was admitted to the hospital at around 3:00 pm.
"The person has rashes on his hand, elbow, leg and knee. For these reasons, he has been suspected to be a Monkeypox patient. However, the person has no other symptoms like fever," the doctor said.
The passenger's sample was sent to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) for testing.
Dr ASM Alamgir, principal scientific office, IEDCR told TBS, that it will take at least 24 hours to test the sample and get the report. Only then, it can be ascertained whether the person is infected with Monkeypox or not.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the Monkeypox virus. Monkeypox begins with a fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. It is generally confined to western and central Africa. Cases have been reported in Europe since May and the number of affected countries has grown since.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday (3 June) it was aware of more than 700 global cases of Monkeypox, including 21 in the US, with investigations now suggesting it is spreading inside the country.