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Health News of Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Edo confirms eight Monkeypox cases

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The Ministry of Health has announced that eight persons have tested positive for Monkeypox in Edo state.

Speaking in an interview with the media on Monday, July 25, Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof. Akoria Obehi said the ministry is ensuring the spread of the infectious disease is contained.

Obehi directed residents to observe safety measures in other to reduce the spread of the disease thereby mentioning the symptoms of Monkeypox which include fever, headache, weakness of the body, sore throat, and enlargement of glands under the jaw and in the neck.

To protect the residents, The commissioner noted that the State Disease Surveillance Team has been deployed to control the outbreak in the state.

She said;

“Amid the rise in the number of confirmed cases of Monkeypox in Edo, it has become imperative to warn on the health risks that the virus poses and reiterate the need for residents to be cautious and adhere to safety measures.

“It can also come with the appearance of a rash on the face, palms, soles of the feet, genitals, and other parts of the body, which can appear solid or fluid-filled at the onset and can manifest within a period of two to three weeks following infection, depending on the health status of the individual.

“The virus can be transmitted from infected animals and rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels, and even monkeys; through contact with infected blood, body fluids, spots, blisters or scabs, and sharing of objects.

“Avoid contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, apes).

“Thoroughly cook all foods containing animal meat before eating; avoid unprotected contact with infected animals, humans, their beddings, and other linen; wash hands regularly, and use sanitizer when water is not available.

"If you suspect any symptoms of Monkeypox, kindly visit the nearest health facility for medical attention or call the acting State Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer (0806 059 3802).”

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