MONKEYPOX: PANIC IN GOMBE AS STATE CONFIRMS THREE CASES.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on August 2, 2022
The Gombe state ministry of health has confirmed the outbreak of monkey pox disease in the state, the state commissioner for Health, Habu Dahiru says there are three confirmed cases from nineteen suspected cases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had on Monday confirmed 15 new positive cases of monkeypox in Epi Week 29 from 10 states – Ondo (three); Taraba (two); Lagos (two); Bayelsa (two); Rivers (one); Kogi (one); Imo (one); Delta (one); Anambra (one) and Abia (one).
Latest Update on Monkeypox in Nigeria published by the centre showed that there were 19 new suspected cases reported in the week under review, spanning July 18 to 24, from 12 states, namely Ondo (four); Bayelsa (three); Taraba (two); Lagos (two); Rivers (one); Kogi (one); Kano (one); Imo (one); Delta (one); Anambra (one); Akwa Ibom (one) and Abia (one).
Monkeypox is a viral infection that manifests a week or two after exposure with fever and other non-specific symptoms, and then produces a rash with lesions that usually last for 2–4 weeks before drying up, crusting, and falling off.
The disease can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox. Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.