THE MONSTER “MONKEY POX VIRUS” – Naija Whistle

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THE MONSTER “MONKEY POX VIRUS”

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Monkey pox is an infectious disease which is caused by the monkey pox virus, the first case of the monkey pox virus in humans was reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970 . A Major outbreak was reported in the United states in 2003, The disease may be spread from handling of bush meats, an animal bite or from those infected with the Virus. The Monkey pox disease is similar to that of the chickenpox though milder .The Current Outbreak of the disease in Nigeria has caused chaos in the country and the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently seeking for a method to contain the disease and a way to cure those who have been infected and also avoid the spread of the disease to the populace, 74 suspected cases of the disease across 11 states of the Federation has been reported stressing that only three out of the twelve cases reported in Bayelsa state positive and also the Federal Government has debunk the rumor of the military vaccinating people and trying to spread the disease across the country.

Since there are no specific treatment or vaccine, the only way to reduce infection in people is by raising awareness of the risk factors and educating people about the measures they can take to reduce exposure to the virus;

  •  Close physical contact with monkey pox infected people should be avoided. Gloves and protective equipment should be worn when taking care of ill people. Regular hand washing should be carried out after caring for or visiting sick people.
  • Animal product bought should be properly cooked before eating. Gloves and other appropriate protective clothing should be worn while handling sick animals or their infected tissues, and during slaughtering.
  • Health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed monkey pox virus infection, or handling specimens from them, should implement standard infection control precautions.
  • Those treating patients suspected to have monkey pox should be immunized against smallpox.
  • Health-care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed monkey pox virus infection, or handling specimens from them, should implement standard infection control precautions.

The Federal Government is doing everything within their power to contain and  eradicate the Monster “Monkey pox” which has caused menace across the Nation and hopefully the disease would be Eradicated and it would become History.

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