Another Viral Outbreak in Nigeria!

There is an outbreak of a viral disease known as Monkeypox in Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria. It is a viral disease with symptoms in humans similar to that seen in smallpox patients.

As at the time of this report, about eleven persons suspected to have been infected by the virus have been quarantined and their samples sent to the World Health Organization laboratory Dakar Senegal for confirmation. However, efforts are being made to track and put on surveillance  others they may have come in contact with.
Humans can get infected through:
  • Bite by an infected animal.
  • Direct contact with the lesions or body fluids of an infected animal and humans.

Symptoms:
  • It begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion.
  • It causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy)
  • It is similar to smallpox but milder than the symptoms.

  
Prevention:
  • Visit the hospital whenever there is any animal bite.
  • Avoid direct contact with the lesions or body fluids of an infected animal and humans.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Report any suspected case to the health facility.
  • Use of protective gloves when handling any patient human or animal
The disease was first discovered in laboratory monkeys in 1958 and was named “monkeypox” 



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