A rapidly spreading epidemic in the Bayelsa region of Nigeria, known as ‘Monkey pox’ is known to have ensnared a medical doctor and no less than 10 others who have reportedly been quarantined as a result of the virus.
Hence, the Federal Ministry of Health has advised Nigerians to avoid the consumption of monkeys, bush meat and dead animals, as doing so could expose one to the risk of Monkey Pox disease.
According to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole who gave a statement by the Director, Media and Public Reltions in the ministry, Boade Akinola; on Thursday said in excerpt:
“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”.
“He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bushmeat and particularly bush monkeys”.
The minister had also revealed that a series of test samples had been sent out to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senegal but the inferential result was still unknown.
He however revealed the symptoms of the epidemic which Nigerians should look out for and report at its earliest:
“The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox”.