As a means of avoiding contracting Monkey Pox, the Federal Ministry of Health has advised Nigerians to avoid consuming bushmeat and dead animals, Punch reports.
Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, gave the advise to Nigerians on Thursday, October 5.
Voice of Ndigbo gathers that Adewole, who made his comments in a statement released by Boade Akinola, the director of media and public relations in the ministry, stated that the disease did not have a cure or vaccine.
However, the minister stated that there was no cause for alarm.
The statement read in part: “He (Adewole) said the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines, hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible.
“He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bushmeat and particularly bush monkeys.”
It read further: “The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.”
Adewole advised anyone who experiences those symptoms to go to a hospital.
In Bayelsa, 10 individuals and a doctor have contracted the virus and have been quarantined.
Adewole also disclosed that test samples have been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senegal for analysis.
The ministry is still awaiting the results.
Recall that it was previously reported that residents of Bayelsa state have been gripped by fear following the outbreak of a rare deadly viral disease known as Monkey Pox in the state.
The state commissioner for health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu confirmed the development.