The Plateau State Government has confirmed that the state’s recording of two positive cases of monkeypox in Shendam Local Government Area of the state.
Dr Kunden Deyin, the state Commissioner for Health, told reporters on Thursday in Jos that the first case recorded was imported from Port-Harcourt, as the victim came in from Rivers for treatment.
According to the commissioner, the infected victim went on to infected his brother and both of them were treated at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos and later discharged.
Deyin said that the state’s Epidemiology and Surveillance unit of the ministry are still monitoring the contacts and those they met with in that time to curtail the spread of the disease.
The commissioner said that the symptoms of monkeypox were similar to that of chickenpox though more severe.
He said that the disease is primarily transmitted from animal to man while the secondary means of transmission is through human to human contact.
Deyin warned that people who kill, touch or cook bush animals such as; rats, squirrels and monkeys were at risk of contracting the disease as they serve as hosts of the virus.
He cautioned the public to desist from partaking in such acts.
Deyin also called on the public to report any sign of unexplained rashes to the nearest health facility.
He further disclosed that the number of suspected cases has gone up from the initial 87 suspected cases on Tuesday to 126 suspected cases.
However, he assured that the ministry is working in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to contain the problem.
The commissioner further cautioned the public to ensure that they pick up the habit of hand washing and maintaining good hygiene as measures of preventing the disease.
Deyin further cautioned that people should desist from eating uncooked vegetables, raw fish, street foods and ensure that they drink boiled water.
He also called on the public to report cases of diarrhoea and vomiting to the nearest health facility.