Monkeypox Hits Lagos! Two Suspected Cases Recorded

The rare deadly viral disease caused by Monkeypox that recently began in Bayelsa has reportedly hit Lagos state with two cases allegedly recorded.

The commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed this at a news conference on Monday, saying that the two suspected cases were currently being investigated in the state, Vanguard reports.

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”Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitize members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the State government.

I need to state that though there is no specific vaccine for the disease, vaccination against Smallpox has been proven to be 85 percent effective in preventing Monkeypox.

There is also no specific anti-viral therapy for Monkeypox, however, the disease is self-limiting and could be managed conservatively.

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The symptoms in human is similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patient although less severe.

Monkey Pox should be suspected in any person with rash, fever, chills, sweats, headache backache, lymphadenopathy, sore-throats, cough and shortness of breath.

Residents are urged to adequate measures in order to reduce the risk of contracting the diseases.

Health workers should have a high index of suspicion any person with the above symptoms in order to improve case detection.

I need to state that though there is no specific to a vaccine for diseases, vaccination against smallpox has been proven to be 85 percent effective in preventing Monkeypox.

There is also no specific anti-viral therapy for Monkeypox. However the diseases are self-limiting and could be managed conservatively.

The preventive measures to be taken against the spread of the disease include;

Avoiding close contact with infected people.

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Avoiding consumption of bushmeat and dead animals; cooking of meat and meat product thoroughly before eating and washing hands with soap and running water frequently and thoroughly.”

Last week, fear had griped residents of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, following the outbreak of the new airborne viral disease in the state, with report that 10 persons had already been infected while authorities in the state said they were tracking 49 persons alleged to have come in contact with the infected persons.

Monkey Pox is a viral illness caused by a group of viruses that include chicken pox and small pox.

That the first case was noticed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequently it had outbreaks in the West African region.

The virus has two types, the Central African and the West African types with the West African type being milder and having no records of mortality.

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