ALERT: Monkey Pox Is In Akwa Ibom
Are monkeys now synonymous to diseases? Is it now a dangerous specie to man?
First it was associated with Ebola and now Monkey Pox.
When a finger takes oil, it gets to the other fingers and that adage seems to be the case of the states bordering Bayelsa where Monkey pox was first discovered.
The rare disease is now in neighbouring Akwa Ibom State.
There is a confirmed case of Monkey pox and 2 other suspected cases under investigation in the state, and the government is issuing a warning.
It also happens that Akwa Ibom state is where Nigeria won its World Cup ticket on Saturday.This latest outbreak of the epidemic was confirmed in a statement by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh.
Monkey pox has no known treatment or vaccine, but it exhibits similar symptoms to smallpox.
The government officials advised residents of Akwa Ibom State and neighbouring cities to avoid excessive handshakes and abstain from eating bush meat.
Monkey Pox was first reported in the Fangbe area of Bayelsa State on October 5, leading to the hospitalisation of 13 people while 49 other suspected cases were quarantined.
There are no reports yet as to the fatality of the disease.