From the first case in Bayelsa State last week to 31 cases in six other states (Ekiti, Akwa-Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River States), Moneypox disease is already causing panic across Nigeria.
There is currently no proven, safe treatment for monkeypox. Smallpox vaccine has however been reported to reduce the risk of monkeypox among previously vaccinated persons in Africa.
Here are some preventive measures complied by Premium Times on how to prevent the spread of Moneypox;
1. Avoid contact with squirrels, rats and monkeys, especially animals that are sick or found dead.
2. Practice good hygiene, always wash hands with soap and water after contact with animals or when caring for sick human relatives or soiled beddings.
3. Avoid contact with respiratory droplet of infected animals or humans, i.e holding animals close to the face.
Note: There is very little information that allows one to exclude any animal from contracting monkeypox. Therefore, it should be presumed that any mammal including common household pets, could be infected if exposed to the disease.
4. Avoid contact with persons infected with the disease or suspected of the disease.
5. Handle materials used by or to treat infected persons with care- e.g bedding clothes, and any other contaminated material
6. Cook all meat very thoroughly, especially bush meat
7. If you are a farmer, call in expert in suspected cases of animal illness and wear gloves when examining them.