It seems the era of avoiding bodily contacts such as hugs and handshakes is back, this time in oil-rich Bayelsa.

This was experienced during the outbreak of the Ebola virus that ravaged the country in 2014.

Residents of Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital, are avoiding handshakes and bodily contact in public places following the outbreak of monkeypox viral diseases which has infected 13 people including a medical doctor.

The development followed an advice by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, to members of the public to wash hands frequently and maintain a higher level of personal hygiene to curtail the spread of the disease.

Etebu had allayed fears of a possible epidemic of the contagious viral disease, assuring that the state government was on top of the situation.

He disclosed that 13 persons, including a medical doctor, had been quarantined at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Yenagoa Local Government Area.

Many people at public functions on Thursday and Friday in Yenagoa kept their distances as well as avoided handshakes and hugs that characterised exchange of pleasantries at social functions.

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