Monkeypox Spreads To Akwa Ibom State

Lester Mason
October 10, 2017

It had earlier reported that Akwa Ibom recorded early cases of Monkeypox yesterday. This was made known National Centre for Disease Control, Abuja.

The Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, addressed a press conference on Friday along with his information counterpart, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who said that there was no cause for alarm as the state had taken steps to curtail further spread.

The government urged residents of the state to report all suspected cases of the disease by using hotlines 08066987752 and‎ 08035474676, to get rapid response team.‎.

Samples from suspected victims in Bayelsa and Rivers have been sent to the World Health Organisation, WHO laboratory in Dakar, Senegal for confirmation.

He stated that the Federal Government has activated emergency operation centres in affected states to coordinate investigation and response.

"The EOC is now supporting State Ministries of Health in their response to the outbreak through active case finding, epidemiological investigation and contact tracing. All 36 states and the FCT have been notified for preparedness", he explained.

In a related development, the Lagos State government on Monday reveals that two suspected cases of monkey pox have been recorded in the state.

He added that one of the suspected cases just came from Bayelsa State and ate bush meat.

Idris disclosed that the two suspected cases were recorded in an undisclosed private hospital in Lagos, noting that the two suspects were now being quarantined in their various houses, pending the result of the investigation.

The Commissioner for Information in the Akwa Ibom, Charles Udoh, in a statement issued in Uyo, confirmed the single case.

In Rivers State, three persons have been confirmed to be infected with the disease in different parts of Port Harcourt.

The commissioner charged residents of the state to be calm and go about their normal businesses as government was doing everything possible to bring the situation under control.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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