Eleven people, including a medical doctor have been quarantined, following the outbreak of the monkeypox disease in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
Premium Times Reports that the state commissioner for health, Mr Ebitimitula Etebu confirmed the development on Wednesday, adding that Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health are tracing 49 other persons who had been in contact with persons infected with the virus.
He added that an isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state have been created to control the spread of the virus. He also disclosed that samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organisation laboratory in Dakar, Senegal for confirmation.
His words: “Recently in Bayelsa, we noticed a suspected outbreak of monkeypox. It has not been confirmed. We have sent samples to the World Health Organisation reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.
”When that comes out we will be sure that it is confirmed. But from all indications, it points towards it.
”As the name implies, the virus was first seen in monkey but can also be found in all bush animals such as rats, squirrels and antelopes.
”The source is usually all animals. It was first seen in monkeys and that is why it is called monkeypox. But every bush animals such as rats, squirrels, antelopes are involved. So, the secretions from particularly dead animals are highly contagious”.
He disclosed that the symptoms of monkeypox disease include severe headache, fever, back pains among others, noting that the rashes spread to the whole body of infected persons and are bigger than those caused by chickenpox.
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