Lagos state is currently investigating two suspected cases of monkeypox in the state, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris stated.
This was made known at a news conference on Monday. The moment was seized to sensitize the residents of the state about the viral disease which has been reported in some states.
“Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is the need to sensitize members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the State Government,” he said.
Dr. Jide Idris assured residents of the state to be vigilant and also maintain a high personal and environmental hygiene and that the state has measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
“I need to state that though there is no specific vaccine for the disease, vaccination against Smallpox has been proven to be 85 percent effective in preventing Monkeypox. There is also no specific anti-viral therapy for Monkeypox, however, the disease is self-limiting and could be managed conservatively,” he said.
“The preventive measures to be taken against the spread of the disease include; avoiding close contact with infected people; avoiding consumption of bushmeat and dead animals; cooking of meat and meat product thoroughly before eating and washing hands with soap and running water frequently and thoroughly.”
Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic disease transferred from animal to man. The disease is caused by Monkeypox virus whose proximity is found in Central and West Africa close to the tropical rainforest where there is frequent contact with infected animals.
The symptoms in human are similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients although less severe.