11 Quarantined As Monkeypox Hits Bayelsa
Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, has announced the outbreak of monkeypox in different communities in the state.
Announcing this on Wednesday, Etebu stated that 11 persons, including a medical doctor, had been placed on surveillance in Yenagoa.
He described monkeypox as a viral illness caused by a group of viruses that include chickenpox and smallpox.
He listed the symptoms of monkeypox to include “severe headache, fever, back pain, among others.”
Speaking on the reported cases, Etebu said “We noticed the first index case from Agbura where somebody was purported to have killed and eaten a monkey and after that the people who are neighbours and families started developing the rashes.”
Etebu said that samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organisation laboratory in Dakar for confirmation.