Monkeypox: Avoid eating bush meat - Ministry of Health

Monkeypox: Avoid eating bush meat - Ministry of Health

- Nigerians have been advised by the Federal Ministry of Health to stop eating bushmeat and dead animals, so they don’t contract monkeypox

- Minister for health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated that though the virus was mild, there is no cure or vaccine for it

- Test samples from individuals who have contracted the virus have been sent to the WHO lab in Senegal for analysis and the results are still being awaited

As a means of avoiding contracting monkeypox, the Federal Ministry of Health has advised Nigerians to avoid consuming bushmeat and dead animals, Punch reports.

Prof. Adewole, minister of health, gave the advise to Nigerians on Thursday, October 5.

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NAIJ.com gathers that Adewole, who made his comments in a statement released by Boade Akinola, the director of media and public relations in the ministry, stated that the disease did not have a cure or vaccine.

However, the minister stated that there was no cause for alarm.

The statement read in part: “He (Adewole) said the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines, hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible.

“He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bushmeat and particularly bush monkeys.”

It read further: “The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.”

Adewole advised anyone who experiences those symptoms to go to a hospital.

In Bayelsa, 10 individuals and a doctor have contracted the virus and have been quarantined.

Adewole also disclosed that test samples have been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senegal for analysis.

The ministry is still awaiting the results.

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Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that residents of Bayelsa state have been gripped by fear following the outbreak of a rare deadly viral disease known as monkeypox in the state.

The state commissioner for health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, confirmed the development.

Following the outbreak of the viral disease, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has listed the major facts about the disease.

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Source: Naij.com

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