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JUST IN: Monkeypox spread to Abuja

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The Acting Director, Public Health of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Dr Humpherey Okoroukwu says there are two suspected cases of monkey pox reported at Gwarimpa General Hospital in Abuja.

He, however, said there is no confirmed case of the virus in the Federal Capital Territory.

Okoroukwu, who disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, explained that he was called by the Medical Director of the Gwarimpa General Hospital that cases suspected to be monkeypox were reported and he led a team of health workers to investigate them.

He said, the sample of the suspected cases of a man and a woman had been taken to a reference laboratory for a test and they were waiting for the result.

Okoroukwu said, “I can tell you authoritatively that there is no confirmed case of monkey pox in the territory.”

“Nobody should panic because we have not confirmed any case and do not hope to confirm any and there is nothing wrong for people to report any suspected case” he said

The Acting Director, however urged people to imbibe the culture of cleanliness to minimise chances of contracting the disease.

According to him, rodents and monkey of Africa specie are the vectors of monkeypox and urged residents to avoid direct contact with such animals, dead or alive, as well as the people suspected to be infected.

Okoroukwu also charged health workers to take universal precautions prescribed while discharging their duties.

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