Dreaded disease, Monkeypox now in Lagos



Monkeypox has spread to Lagos, according to Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris.

Idris said on Monday there were two suspected cases that were reported.Thirty one persons have so far been reported to have the disease in Nigeria. The disease broke out in Bayelsa.

“Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the diseases in line with policy of the state government.
“Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic diseases from (animal to man) caused by monkeypox virus, which occurs primarily in central and West Africa close to tropical rains forest, where there is frequent contact with infected animals”, the commissioner said.

“The symptoms in human is similar to those seen in the past in small pox patient although less severe.

“Monkeypox Should be suspected in any person with rash, fever, chills, sweats, headache, backache, lymphadenopathy, sore-throats, cough and shortness of breath.

“Residents are urged to take adequate measures in order to reduce the risk of contracting the diseases.

“Health workers should have high index of suspicion any person with the above symptoms in order to improve case detection.

“I need to state that though there is no specific to vaccine for diseases, vaccination against small pox has been proven to be 85 per cent effective in preventing Monkeypox.

“There is also no specific anti-viral therapy for Monkeypox.However the diseases is self-limiting and could be managed conservatively,”Idris added.

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