A deadly outbreak known in the medical field has broken out in Bayelsa State leaving over 10 patients and a medical doctor quarantined; see photos;
Monkey Pox is a viral illness caused by a group of viruses that include chicken pox and small pox, noting that the first case was noticed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequently it had outbreaks in the West African region.
Explaining that the virus had the Central African and the West African types, Bayelsa Health commissioner said the West African type was milder and had no records of mortality, saying “recently in Bayelsa State, we noticed a suspected outbreak of Monkey Pox. “It has not been confirmed. We have sent samples to the World Health Organisation, WHO, reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. When that comes out we will be sure that it is confirmed.”
However, he revealed that “It has not been confirmed. We have sent samples to the World Health Organisation, WHO, reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. When that comes out we will be sure that it is confirmed.”
Of the index case, He said the virus was first seen in monkeys, but can also be found in all bush animals such as rats, squirrels and antelopes.His words: “The source is usually all animals. It was first seen in monkeys and that is why it is called Monkey Pox. But every bush animals like rats, squirrels, antelopes are involved. So, the secretions from particularly dead animals are highly contagious. ”He listed the dicease’s symptoms to include severe headache, fever, back pains among others.According to him, “most worrisome of all the signs are rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox, which is usually frightening and usually spread to the whole body of infected persons.