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According to an official, a new case of Monkeypox has been recorded in Akwa Ibom State and at least 13 people suspected to be affected by the viral disease, are on admission in hospitals in neighboring Bayelsa and Rivers states.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information in the Akwa Ibom, Charles Udoh, who confirmed the case, said that the state government was investigating two more cases suspected to be monkeypox.
“Monkeypox currently has no treatment and no vaccine,” Mr. Udoh said. “It looks like small pox but the rashes are larger while the disease is milder.”
“The era of avoiding excessive handshake, regular hand-washing and abstinence from bush meat is here again.
“We will provide more information subsequently,” the commissioner said.
After the first report of the suspected cases in Bayelsa, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole and the Executive Director of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, had called for calm among Nigerians saying the government is taking the required steps to manage the disease and to prevent further spread.