Ebonyi records confirmed case of monkeypox

The Ebonyi state government on Monday confirmed one case of monkeypox in the state and 32 suspected cases. State Health Commissioner Daniel Umezuruike revealed this to reporters in Abakaliki. According to Mr. Umezuruike, since the beginning of the illness, Ebonyi had recorded a total of 32 suspected cases and only one confirmed case. “The case fatality rate remains 0 (as there has been no death record in both suspected and confirmed cases) in the state.” He said this followed the notification of a suspected monkeypox case on August 10 at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki. “A 32-year-old man, a native of Ugwulangwu, Ohaozara Local Government Area in Ebonyi, but residing in Abakaliki, said he traveled to Rivers State and returned to Ebonyi on July 7. “The man presents with a history of fever, masculopapular rash, sore throat, headache, and generalized body weakness. “A presumptive diagnosis of monkeypox was made to rule out smallpox. A sample was collected and sent to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory and tested positive for monkeypox virus. “The patient was admitted to the Ebonyi Isolation Center and is currently being treated for monkeypox and is responding to treatment,” he said. Mr. Umezuruike stated that seven contacts were identified and the lines currently being followed were listed. He explained that the active search for cases had been intensified in the 13 local government areas of the state to strengthen the search for cases. “Health officials have been activated to coordinate the investigation and response to the outbreak in all 13 LGAs and are currently supporting response activities to contain the monkeypox outbreak through active case finding, epidemiological investigation, the list of contact lines and the monitoring of all exposed contacts. “Public health measures have been put in place to ensure effective sample collection and testing to enable laboratory confirmation. “Risk communication activities have been intensified to advise citizens on preventive measures,” he said. The commissioner explained that monkeypox was a zoonotic viral disease with symptoms in humans similar to those seen in smallpox patients. “It is less serious and with a low fatality rate. It has an incubation period of 5 to 21 days. Monkeypox was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a smallpox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name monkeypox. “Transmission is through contact with infected animals, humans, or contaminated materials. Animal-to-human transmission occurs through animal bites or scratches and preparation of bushmeat. “It can also be transmitted from person to person. Human-to-human transmission occurs through respiratory droplets, contact with infected people, or contaminated materials,” he said. The commissioner said control measures included isolation of confirmed cases, strict adherence to universal precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water. ALSO READ: Monkeypox: Nigeria confirms 15 new cases as men account for over 50% of infections “Use of face masks, maintain social distance in suspected and confirmed cases, avoid contact with rodents, meat must be properly cooked before consumption, and use of personal protective equipment for health workers,” he said. Mr. Umezuruike added that signs and symptoms included fever, headache, generalized body aches, malaise, lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes), sore throat, rash (rash will appear one to three days after onset of fever). “The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads to the extremities, trunks, genitals, palms, and soles) and severe asthenia (lack of energy). “Monkeypox is self-limited, which means that patients tend to recover over time. However, supportive care and management of the condition are necessary and mostly successful.” He urged residents of the state to remain calm and carry on with their normal activities. “Avoid self-medication and report any suspicious case to the nearest health center. Public health measures must be strictly adhered to. The treatment is free and supported by the Ebonyi state government,” she added. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Ebonyi records confirmed case of monkeypox