Monkey Pox Outbreak In Bayelsa, FG Warns To Abstain From Bushmeat

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The Federal Government has communicated to the citizens what and what not to do as regards the recent outbreak of the Monkey pox virus

The monkey pox virus recently broke out in Bayelsa state. As a result, up to 10 persons have been reported quarantined as a result of the spread of the virus.

Due to this development, the federal ministry of health has warned on what to eat. The consumption of bush meat, dead animals as well as monkeys must be avoided in order to avoid contacting of the virus.

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Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health has said that the disease had neither a cure nor a vaccine. He however reiterated that there was no cause for alarm as it was a mild one.

The statement said in part:

 He (Adewole) said the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines. Hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible. 

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He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bushmeat and particularly bush monkeys. The minister also revealed that test samples had been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory). In Senegal but the result was still being awaited.

He, however, called on Nigerians, who had symptoms of fever, back pain and rashes resembling chicken pox, to report to the hospital. The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox. 


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