The federal government has yesterday denied reports of infecting Bayelsa state with the Monkey Pox virus
Minster of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has urged Nigerians to disregard such fake report saying that the federal government has not conducted any free medical service in either Bayelsa or Rivers State as alleged by the report.
He said Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is suspected that someone may have contacted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic illness, i.e. a disease primarily transmitted from animals to humans. It was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been found to occur sporadically in other parts of Africa, including Nigeria. It is normally spread by direct contact with bodily fluids (blood, secretions) or mucosal lesions of infected animals such as monkeys and rodents (squirrels, bush meat). Human-to-human transmission can occur following contact with infected respiratory tract secretions or skin lesions of an infected person or objects recently contaminated by patient fluids or lesion materials. It can also spread from mother to child through the placenta (congenital monkeypox). The illness is characterized by fever, headache, body aches, feeling tired, swollen lymph nodes and its characteristic rash. About 1 to 3 days of fever, the rash erupts, beginning on the face and then spreading to the body with the face and palms/soles being most affected. This mostly self-limiting illness often lasts for 2−4 weeks. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been supporting the Bayelsa State Government to carry out measures to control the spread of the disease including actively searching for cases, isolation of identified cases, contact tracing, laboratory support and increasing disease awareness in the community and among health care workers. To prevent Monkeypox, members of the public are advised to ● Avoid contact with wildlife (bushmeat) especially those found sick or dead especially in the area affected by the Monkeypox outbreak, i.e. Bayelsa. ● Avoid close physical contact with persons infected with Monkeypox. ● Wash hands with soap and water after caring for or visiting sick people. ● Cooking all animal food products properly before eating. ● Appropriate protective clothing and gloves should be worn while handling sick animals or their infected tissues and during slaughtering procedures. ● Report all cases with the above-mentioned symptoms to the nearest health facility for care. Healthcare workers: ● Health care workers are strongly advised to always practice universal standard care precautions (including droplet pr
He assured Nigerians that no effort would be spared in curtailing the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, AkwaIbom state has confirmed one case of Monkeypox in the state
Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, says the state government is also investigating two more suspected cases.
Udoh, therefore advised that residents avoid excessive handshakes, and wash their hands regularly.
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