Monkeypox Surfaces In Lagos

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Two cases of monkeypox have been suspected in a private hospital in Lagos as the virus spread to the Southwestern part of Nigeria.


The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Jide Idris made this known at a news conference as he allayed fear of the epidemic in the metropolis.


He said that though the cases had not been confirmed, there was the need to raise the alarm so as to sensitize the populace against the dreaded virus infection.


He said that the samples from the suspected patients had been taken to the laboratory for confirmation and that the government had been on the alert to curb any spread of the disease.


Cases of Monkeypox were first detected in Bayelsa where about 10 persons were suspected to have been infected and 40 others put on surveillance.


Idris stated that the two cases in Lagos had been quarantined while those that had contact with them put under surveillance.


He advised members of the public to be observant of such symptoms like skin rashes and smallpox, which are associated with the infection.


Meanwhile, it has been discovered that smallpox vaccine could treat monkeypox. Findings showed that the vaccine had about 85 percent effectiveness on monkeypox.


The disease had since spread to Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.

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