Public Health Advisory for Monkeypox Viral Disease from the University Health Services, FUL
There has been a recent resurgence of the viral disease, monkey pox. This disease is endemic (native) in Central and West African nations, including Nigeria.
In May 7, 2022, the WHO was notified of a case of monkey pox in a Nigerian returnee who visited Delta and Lagos States while in Nigeria.
From 1 January to 30 April 2022, 46 suspected cases have been reported of which 15 were confirmed from seven states - Adamawa (three cases), Lagos (three cases), Cross River (two cases), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) (two cases), Kano (two cases), Delta (two cases) and Imo (one case). No death has been recorded in 2022.
Even though it is yet to be reported in Kogi State and the death rate (case fatality rate) is low, it is contagious and can cause significant ill health and disease burden with economic implications.
The University Community and general public are therefore advised to be cautious and apply some preventive measures like:
1. Avoid contact with bush meat. (Animals such as rodents i.e. rats, squirrels and non-human primates like monkeys, and chimpanzees)
2. Refrain from eating or handling wild game (bush meat)
3. Cook meat properly before eating
4. Practice hand hygiene using soap and water, or alcohol-based sanitizer always
5. Seek medical care immediately if they develop high fever, chills, new swollen lymph nodes, and/or new skin rash especially on the face then spreading to other parts, and avoid contact with others
6. Avoid contact with body fluids of sick people with suspected or confirmed monkeypox
7. Delay travel by public transportation if such symptoms occur.
For more information about monkey pox consult the NCDC site @ ncdc.gov or the University Health Services (UHS), Federal University Lokoja (FUL).
Dr. Chinenye Otorkpa
Director, University Health Services
Federal University Lokoja