The Federal Ministry of Health has warned Nigerians to desist from consuming dead animals and bush meats, especially bush monkeys, and also stay away from crowded environments as doing so could make one susceptible to Monkeypox Disease.
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole in a statement signed by the Director Media and Public Relations of the Ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola on Thursday in Abuja, said the disease neither had a cure nor a vaccine.
He, however, urged the citizenry to remain calm, as there is no prior record of mortality.
The statement read in part: “He said that the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible.
“He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bush meat and particularly bush monkeys.”
The minister also revealed that test samples had been sent to the World Health Organisation in Senegal but the result was not yet out.
He said: “Investigation is still on-going and our partners are working with us on this reported outbreak while the NCDC team in Bayelsa state would give support.
“Monkeypox could not be confirmed by laboratory investigations by WHO referral laboratory in Dakar, Senegal says so.
“The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.
“Anyone with symptoms of monkeypox should immediately report to the nearest health facility, while health workers are advised to maintain a high index of suspicion and observe safety percussion.
“The virus is mild and there is no known treatment and no preventive vaccines hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible, avoid eating dead animals, bush meat and particularly bush monkeys.