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Government Announces Monkeypox Outbreak

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After three suspected cases had test results that were positive, the Gombe State authorities announced an outbreak of the monkeypox virus in the state on Tuesday.

Three samples were determined to be positive out of 19 suspected cases that were submitted to the state’s Ministry of Health, according to the commissioner of health, Dr. Habu Dahiru, who made this information public.

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The three instances that were reported to us all had fevers that persisted past a week despite being treated for common causes of fever. In addition, they started to get rashes on their faces and other regions of their bodies, which raised the possibility that they had monkeypox, he added.

Added he,

“In view of the aforementioned possibilities, I officially proclaim that monkeypox is on the rise in Gombe state.”

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The three confirmed positive cases, however, have all been treated and released from the hospital, according to Dahiru.

He said that in order to manage the outbreak, the ministry has activated an Incident Management System (IMS) with complete responsibility for surveillance and efficient reaction.

According to the commissioner, monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic illness with an incubation period of 5–21 days. It has two phases of symptoms, including fever, headache, body aches, weakness, and lymph node swelling.

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Other symptoms that he noted include body rashes that begin on the face and later extend to other body parts, such as the palms and soles of the feet.

Dahiru declared,

“The disease can spread from an infected animal to a human by direct touch, body fluids, and animal waste products.

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Human-to-human transmission can also happen indirectly through contact with contaminated surfaces or directly through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

 

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