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Friday, October 6, 2017

Monkey Pox : Nigerians should avoid eating dead animals, monkey meat and bushmeat -FG warns


Following the rise of Monkey Pox among Nigerians, The Federal Ministry of Health has listed foods Nigerians must avoid in other not to contract the monkey pox disease.

According to FG foods like monkey meat, bushmeat and meat from dead animals must be avoided.This list was given by Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, via a statement by the Director, Media and Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Thursday.

It was also revealed that the disease neither had a cure nor a vaccine, noting, however, it is a mild and there should be 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.”

The minister also revealed that test samples had been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senegal but the result was still being awaited.

He, however, called on Nigerians, who had symptoms of fever, back pain and rashes resembling chicken pox, to report to the hospital.

The statement added, “The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.”

Source : Punchng

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