Have you ever heard of Monkeypox?
Most of us have probably heard of or even had Chickenpox or smallpox.
Now, you really need to know about monkeypox, because there is an outbreak of this disease in Nigeria and it’s better to be armed with information now than to be caught unawares.
A case was first reported on September 22 and according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 31 suspected cases have since been reported in Lagos and six other Nigerian states.
Though Monkeypox has not crossed the Nigerian borders, if the authorities do not contain the spread, it may well continue spreading to other parts of West Africa.
Just like the deadly Ebola virus, transmission of monkeypox can result from close contact with infected bodily fluids, open wounds of an infected person or objects recently contaminated by patient fluids or lesion materials.
Just like chickenpox spreads.
The rare viral disease can also be transmitted to humans from infected animals.
Currently, there are no specific treatments or vaccines available for monkeypox infection, but outbreaks can be controlled with strict safety control measures.
The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox.
Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell while smallpox does not.
The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7-14 days but can range from 5−21 days. Within the first three days or more, after the appearance of a fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body.
Practice good hand hygiene with or without contact with infected animals or humans. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Nigeria better come through with containing this disease.