Monkey Pox: Doctor, 10 others infected in Bayelsa

A new airborne Ebola-like viral disease, referred to as ‘Monkey Pox” has hit the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri in Yenagoa local council of Bayelsa State.Consequently, a medical doctor and 10 others have already been diagnosed of the disease and had been quarantined at the NDUTH in Okolobiri.

The isolation centre was created by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the epidemiological team of the state Ministry of Health to check the spread of the virus.

It was learnt that the NCDC and the epidemiological team were tracking 49 other suspected cases, who were said to have come in contact with the infected persons.

A health professional at the Department of Internal Medicine and a staff in the Chief Medical Director’s (CMD) office, who pleaded anonymity, said the ‘monkey pox’ disease was traced to monkeys and may have originated from hunters in the community.

They said the symptoms of the disease include sweating, cough, general weakness and rashes in the body.

They, however, assured members of the public of quarantine methods in the hospital facility to prevent the spread of the disease just like it was done in curtailing the spread of Ebola in the country.


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