10 Persons Infected With MonkeyPox In Yenagoa
No fewer than 10 persons have been infected with a viral epidemic, MonkeyPox in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State while 49 others have been put on surveillance.
The authorities in the state confirmed that the infected persons had since been quarantined at the Niger Delta University Hospital isolation centre.
According to the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health created the isolation centre.
He said that samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organisation, WHO, the laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for confirmation.
He also stated that the state government is tracking 49 persons that had been in contact with any of the 10 infected persons so as to stop the spread of the disease.
The first case of monkeypox was reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which later spread to some parts of the West African region.
Etebu explained that the virus has the Central African and the West African types and that the government would have to wait for the WHO results to confirm which type had invaded Bayelsa.