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 Monkeypox spreads from Bayelsa to Rivers and Akwa Ibom State

Monkeypox spreads from Bayelsa?to Rivers and Akwa Ibom States
A new case of Monkeypox has been recorded in Akwa Ibom State, an
official has confirmed and at least 13 people suspected to be affected
by the viral disease are on admission in hospitals in neighboring
Bayelsa and Rivers states.

The Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom, Charles Udoh, in a
statement issued in Uyo, confirmed the single case. He also said that
the state government was investigating two more cases suspected to
be monkeypox.

In his words, ‘Monkeypox currently has no treatment and no vaccine.
It looks like small pox but the rashes are larger while the disease is
milder. The era of avoiding excessive handshake, regular hand-washing
and abstinence from bush meat is here again. We will provide more
information subsequently,” the commissioner said.

After the first report of the suspected cases in Bayelsa, the
Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole and the Executive Director of the
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, had called
for calm among Nigerians saying the government is taking the required
steps to manage the disease and to prevent further spread.

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