Sunday, 8 October 2017

Monkeypox hits Akwa Ibom, panic in South-East, South-South

The monkeypox viral disease has spread to Rivers and Akwa Ibom states even as the authorities in Bayelsa state battle to contain it five days after the outbreak.

The spread has also generated anxiety in other neighbouring states in the South-South and the South-East owing to the usual inter-state human and vehicular movements.
This is despite assurances from the authorities at the federal and state levels of frantic efforts to contain the disease, just as it allayed fears of possible high mortality rate often associated with some epidemics.
Akwa Ibom State has recorded one confirmed case while two other cases are still under investigation. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital on Saturday.
According to Dr Ukpong, who broke the news of the arrival of the deadly scourge in the state, “the era of avoiding excessive handshake and body contact is here again. We should at the moment re-awaken the continued emphasis on  regular hand washing and avoiding the consumption of bush meat at the moment.”
Confirming the breakout, Akwa Ibom State information commissioner, Mr Charles Udoh said: “Monkeypox currently has no treatment and no vaccine. It looks like Smallpox but the rashes are larger while the disease is milder, adding, “we will provide more information in subsequent releases.”

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