The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has called on Nigerians to take precautionary measures, maintain a healthy life style and practice good hygiene so as to avoid contracting the monkeypox disease.
The message on the agency’s website read, “There are no specific treatments available for monkeypox infection, although various novel antiviral have in-vitro and animal data supportive effects such as Brincindofocir and Tecovirimat.
“Measures that can be taken to prevent infection with monkeypox virus include: avoiding contact with animals that could harbour the virus, both sick or dead animals in areas where monkeypox cases have occurred; avoiding contact with any material that has been in contact with a sick animal; thoroughly cooking any animal that might have come into contact with an infected animal; handling them with standard precautions and observing monkeypox symptoms for 30 days and washing with soap and water after contact with infected animals.”
However, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, has allayed the fears of Nigerians, saying that the NCDC is doing everything possible to combat the spread of the disease.
It was reported that monkeypox, a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.
The disease, which according to the World Health Organisation, is endemic to West and Central African countries, has surfaced in some European countries.
While the NCDC noted that 15 out of the 46 suspected cases reported had been confirmed, countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Lebanon and Canada among others have started to report cases.