New Delhi, India   The unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox disease in several countries has kept India on its toes, with the Centre saying it is closely monitoring the infection's progress.

With many countries reporting cases of monkeypox, the Union Health Ministry advised all states to direct hospitals to keep an eye out for symptomatic patients who have recently travelled to the affected countries and isolate them at designated healthcare facilities.

The ministry recently directed airport and port health officials to increase surveillance, isolate symptomatic travellers from monkeypox-affected countries, and send their samples to the NIV for investigation.