As a matter of fact isolation centre now created through Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC & epidemiological team of state’s Ministry of Health controlling spread of the virus.
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Furthermore NCDC & epidemiological team said to be tracing 49 other persons, who had been in contact with persons infected with virus.
Similarly state Commissioner for Health, Ebitimitula Etebu, confirmed d development this Wednesday adding that samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organisation laboratory in Dakar, Senegal for confirmation.
He described monkeypox as a viral illness caused by a group of viruses that include chicken pox and smallpox, adding that the first case was noticed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequent outbreaks occurred in the West African region.
The commissioner explained that the virus has the Central African and the West African types. He said that the West African type is milder and has no records of mortality.
“Recently in Bayelsa, we noticed a suspected outbreak of monkeypox. yet unconfirmed. We have sent samples to the World Health Organisation reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.
”Once it comes out we’ll b sure dat its confirmed. But from all indications, it points towards it.
”As the name implies ‘Monkeypox’ first seen in monkey’s though also found ⇒bush animals such as →rats, squirrels above all antelopes.
”Its called Monkeypox because first seen in monkeys.
So, the secretions from particularly dead animals are highly contagious,” Mr. Etebu said.
He listed the symptoms of monkeypox as severe headache, fever, back pains amongst other symptoms, noting that most worrisome of all the signs were rashes bigger than those caused by chickenpox.
The commissioner said the rashes are usually very discomforting and usually spread to the whole body of infected persons.
“As a matter of fact we noticed first index case from Agbura, somebody killed ate monkey afterward neighbours & families around started developing rashes.
“Similarly we have seen cases from as far as Biseni. We invited the NCDC together with our own epidemiological team from the Bayelsa Ministry of Health. We have been able to trace most of the people who have come in contact with the patients.
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“So far, we have 11 patients and we have created an isolation centre at the NDUTH and most of them are on admission and we are following up the 49 cases that we are suspecting might come down with the illness. As a state, we are taking care of all the expenses of all the isolated cases.
“The disease has an incubation period and it is also self-limiting in the sense that within two to four weeks, you get healed and it confers you with immunity for life.
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