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Health News of Wednesday, 3 August 2022


Gombe government declares monkeypox outbreak

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Gombe State government has declared the outbreak of Monkeypox virus in the state after three suspected cases confirmed positive.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday August 2, Gombe Commissioner of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru said out of 19 suspected cases, only three came out positive.

He noted that the three confirmed positive cases have since been treated and discharged from the hospital.

According to Dahiru, the ministry has activated an Incident Management System (IMS) with full responsibilities for surveillance and effective response aimed at controlling the outbreak.

Meanwhile, he has cautioned the public to be mindful of suspected persons with symptoms.

He said;

“The three cases presented to us were having fever which lasted for more than a week despite treatment for common causes of fever. They also developed rashes on the face and other parts of their body which prompted the suspicion of monkeypox.

“In the light of the above scenarios, I hereby declare the outbreak of Monkeypox in Gombe state.

“The disease can be transmitted from an infected animal to human beings through direct contact or body fluid and waste product of infected animal.

“Also, human to human transmission occurs directly through contact with body fluids of an infected person or indirectly through contact with surfaces contaminated by a patient.”