The Monkey Pox epidemic, first detected in Bayelsa state, appears to have spread to neighbouring
south-south states as there a confirmed case of
the epidemic in Akwa Ibom state.
One confirmed case has been recorded in the state, while two other suspected cases are under
This latest outbreak has been confirmed in a
statement by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner
for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh.
According to the statement, the disease which has
no known treatment or vaccine exhibits similar
symptoms to smallpox, but it is milder, and larger
rashes appear on the skin.
The statement warns residents to avoid excessive
handshakes and abstain from eating bush meat.
regular handwashing is also advised.
The first reported cases of the Monkey Pox
outbreak were recorded in the Fangbe area of
Bayelsa state on October 5, where 13 people were
hospitalised and 49 suspected cases quarantined.