Delta State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, has confirmed that three suspected cases of monkeypox have been recorded in the state.
Naija News recalls that six suspected cases of monkeypox were also recorded in Agbor, Delta State, last week.
Azinge who revealed this yesterday in Asaba, the Delta State capital at a media briefing, said the suspected cases have been isolated and are currently under medical care at an undisclosed location in the state.
The commissioner said: “A total of three cases of suspected monkeypox disease have been reported in Delta state with no death recorded so far.
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“However, for now we cannot disclose the location of the victims for confidentiality reasons and in order not to cause panic in their areas.
“The monkeypox is self-limiting disease with no specific treatment and no vaccine, meaning that no matter what you do, the disease will run out its course.
“Because it is self-limiting, what we are doing is to treat manifested symptoms of the disease like rashes, headache, general body weakness etc.
“However, the suspected case of the disease does not confirm monkey pox; not until laboratory analysis confirms it.”
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He noted that the health officers in 25 Local Government Areas of the state have also been put on the red alert.
Azinge therefore, appealed to residents to report any suspected case of monkeypox to the ministry’s hotlines.
He also advised the people not to entertain any fear or panic but to adhere to instructions of maintaining a good personal hygiene and avoid contact with infected animals or persons.
He added that ministry will continue to sensitize residents on the preventive measures.
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