Monkey pox has been reported in at least 7 States including Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Lagos and Rivers, and this is a source of concern for Lagos' neighbour, Ogun State.

In preparation against any infiltration from Lagos State, the state in western Nigeria has set up 3 quarantine centres.

it says they are measures to control the disease in case of an outbreak in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, told a news conference on Tuesday in Osogbo that 2 of the quarantine centres were located in Irepodun Local Government Area and the other, in Boripe Local Government.

He said though there had been no reported case of the disease in the state, the government had put all its surveillance officials on a red alert.

Health workers will receive training on how to handle patients in case of any incident and the government hopes this will complement its effort

To create awareness for the disease, the government is embarking on sensitisation programmes on television and radio on the causes and preventive measures against the disease.

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According Isamotu, monkey pox is a viral infection which is self limiting with no specific treatment or vaccine for the cure.

The joy, however, according to the commissioner, is that the spread could be controlled.

One way to go is for residents to cultivate the habit of hand washing, boiling their meat thoroughly before eating and avoiding contact with infected persons.

Some of the symptoms of the virus included, fever, headache and discomforting feelings.

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Isamotu said government had dedicated 2 hotline - 08033908772 and 08035638608  - for residents to report suspected cases to relevant authorities.

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