13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Bayelsa State

13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Bayelsa State

13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Bayelsa State

13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Bayelsa State

13 people in Bayelsa State have tested positive for monkeypox, according to the state’s government.

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Dr. Jones Stow, the state Ministry of Health’s director of public health, who made this announcement on Thursday, said the confirmed cases were among 50 samples that were sent to the lab for analysis.

He clarified that contaminated surfaces or animal products could spread the virus to humans.

According to him, the infection causes skin rashes that develop into big blisters and result in scars.

13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Bayelsa State

Stow said the state government had mobilized medical surveillance teams to carry out active searches in order to mitigate the spread of the monkeypox infection.

He said the government was also enlightening public members on the disease, especially among the communities where the cases were found.

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Stow said, “In Bayelsa, we have confirmed 13 cases (of monkeypox) from 50 samples sent. We have sent our surveillance teams down to places to do what we call active search, moving from household to household asking to know if somebody in the household comes down with these skin rashes.

“And then to see how we can quickly handle it, and if possible, if the cases are bad we move them to our isolation facility.

13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Bayelsa State

“We have also set up a coordinating mechanism we call the Public Health Emergency Centre for Monkeypox where we meet almost on a daily basis to discuss the issues. We’ve started doing a lot of training amongst our healthcare workers, even our surveillance teams.”

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The public health expert also highlighted the preventive measures to include proper handling and cooking of food, fumigation, and setting of death traps for rodents which, he noted, are major carriers of the disease.

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