One case of Monkeypox has been recorded in Akwa Ibom State, an official has confirmed.
At least 13 people suspected to be affected by the viral disease are on admittance in hospitals in neighbouring Bayelsa and Rivers states.
The Commissioner for Information in the Akwa Ibom, Charles Udoh, in a statement issued in Uyo, confirmed the single case. He also said that the state government was investigating two more cases suspected to be monkeypox.
“Monkeypox currently has no treatment and no vaccine,” Mr. Udoh said. “It looks like smallpox but the rashes are larger while the disease is milder.”
“The era of avoiding excessive handshake, regular hand-washing and abstinence from bushmeat is here again.
“We will provide more information subsequently,” the commissioner said.
The recent incident of the virus was first reported in Bayelsa last week with a medical doctor and 10 others quarantined.