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Weeks after telling Nigerians 5 Ways to prevent Monkeys Pox spread in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of health has announced laboratory confirmation of six additional cases among the earlier reported suspected cases of Monkey pox virus. Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations in the ministry,  made this known in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja. Akinola said two cases were confirmed each in Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom  while Enugu State and FCT had one case each. News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the WHO Reference Laboratory had earlier confirmed three cases in Bayelsa. Akinola, quoted the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, as saying that investigations were ongoing to see if any of the new cases has a link with the Bayelsa cluster, where the outbreak started. Ehanire called for calm among members of the public, adding that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working with all affected states to ensure case finding and adequate management. He added that as frightening as the manifestation of the ailment might  seem, no fatality has been recorded to date. NAN reports that on Sept. 22,  NCDC received a report of a suspected case of Monkey pox  disease from Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, Bayelsa.

The minister said as at the Oct. 25, a total of 94 suspected cases have been reported from 11 states. He said the states are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). He said  patients of the newly confirmed cases were already being managed by public health authorities and have been receiving appropriate clinical care. He said Ministry, through NCDC, was in close contact with all State Epidemiology Teams, and the health facilities providing clinical care to both suspected and confirmed cases. He added that State Commissioners of Health have been advised to place all health care facilities and Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers on alert, to ensure early case detection, reporting and effective treatment. The minister said a National-level Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the NCDC with support from our development partners, was coordinating outbreak investigation and response across affected states.

He added the EOC included the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as experts from partner agencies. He said the EOC would provide daily support to state ministries of health in active case finding, epidemiological investigation, contact tracing, case management, psychosocial support and risk communication. Ehanire said the NCDC has also deployed Rapid Response Teams to the four States with confirmed cases. He added that the NCDC has been working with poxvirus experts from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent further spread. NAN


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  1. […] Monkeypox is an infectious  disease  caused by a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. Although it was first discovered in 1958, the first human case of monkeypox was recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970. Ever Since the disease have been reported in other remote parts of West and Central Africa including Nigeria. Children and young people are at higher risk of death due to monkeypox, as a result most of the case fatalities recorded with monkey pox outbreak (1-10%) occurred in the lower age brackets. The incubation period for monkeypox is usually between 7−14 days but can sometimes range from 5−21 days. How is Monkeypox Transmitted? Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease which implies that it is transmitted to humans from animals especially wild animals. The disease can also be transmitted from an infected person to another or from materials contaminated with the monkeypox virus. The virus gain entry into the body either through broken skin, the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth) or the respiratory tract. Transmission of the monkey pox virus from animal to humans occurs primarily through bite, scratch, direct contact with body fluids, lesion materials, or bush meat preparation and consumption. Furthermore, direct contact with the body fluids, lesion material, and indirect contact with lesion material of an infected individual can lead to human to human transmission of the disease. In addition, monkeypox can also be transmitted by inoculation or via the placenta from an infected mother to her unborn child (congenital monkeypox).  It is important to note that African rodents play an important role in the transmission of the monkeypox virus. Signs and Symptoms of Monkeypox Infection Monkeypox infection begins with fever, muscle aches, headaches and exhaustion. Other symptoms of onset of the disease include […]

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