Cross River government activates surveillance team on Monkey pox

Cross River government activates surveillance team on Monkey pox

Cross River government activates surveillance team on Monkey pox

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on September 22, there was a notification on suspected monkey pox outbreak in Bayelsa.

FG denial of being the cause of the Monkey Pox was in response to alleged reports in social media that the disease was as a result of free medical services the Federal Government carried out in the affected states.

Following the outbreak of the deadly monkey poxvirus in neighboring Bayelsa state, Cross River state government has activated its disease outbreak and surveillance response team at both local and global boarder communities across the state.

Commissioner for Health Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, however, said there was no case of monkey pox in the state.

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It was learnt that different species of animals usually found in the bushes, which were displaced by the floods from their natural habitats found their way to people's homes, especially around the outskirts of the city centre, where the incidence of the ailment was first reported last week.

Monkey pox disease is a rare and infectious disease caused by monkey virus, transmitted from animals to human and with symptoms similar to those of smallpox.

He assured Nigerians that no effort would be spared in curtailing the spread of the disease.

Ihekweazu explained that a Rapid Response Team (RRT) from NCDC was immediately deployed to support the Bayelsa State Government in the investigations and public health response to the outbreak.

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"Again, we have the state epidemiologist who is a medical doctor in the Ministry of Health that coordinates all these people".

"Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitise 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", he said.

According to her, the suspected victims of the dreaded disease were discovered in Okemesi-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area. Commissioner for Health Dr. Dominic Ukong, who announced the outbreak in Uyo, said the victim had been isolated.

He said, "As government, we have been doing what we have to do".

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Iworiso-Markson explained that two of the index cases and the doctor affected by the disease had recovered and were discharged, adding that no death had been recorded from the disease. The era of avoiding excessive handshake, regular hand-washing, and abstinence from bushmeat is here again.

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