Panic as Bayelsa State Records 5 Confirmed Cases Of Monkeypox

Panic as Bayelsa State Records 5 Confirmed Cases Of Monkeypox

The World Health Organisation has confirmed as many as five cases of the
highly dreaded monkeypox disease in Bayelsa, a development which has
caused a stir.

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The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Health, Ebitimitula Etebu,
announced on Monday that five cases of monkeypox in the state have been
confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to SaharaReporters, Mr. Etebu stressed that two of the
cases confirmed by the WHO were not fresh cases, but older cases that
had been unconfirmed. He allayed fears that the virus is spreading.
According to him, the blood samples sent for confirmatory tests at
the WHO reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal returned in batches.
The WHO had earlier confirmed three cases, so the additional two cases bring the total to five in Bayelsa State.
Mr. Etebu said that the epidemic has been largely contained
following the joint efforts of the state government, the Nigerian Centre
for Disease Control (NCDC) and other international public health
partners.

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He said that most of the 21 patients isolated at the Niger Delta
University Teaching Hospital,  Okolobiri, in Yenagoa, where the index
case was reported, have fully recovered and have been discharged.
On the current number of patients under surveillance at the quarantine center, Mr. Etebu said, “I can tell you that so many of the patients being monitored and receiving care at the isolation center have been discharged.”

“But the situation is dynamic and the number keeps changing. I
have not looked at the data for yesterday and do not want to give you
information that is inaccurate,”
he said.
It would be recalled that a family ate monkey meat in Agbura area
of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and later manifested
symptoms of monkeypox on September 12, 2017.

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