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The Edo State Department of Health revealed that eight people have so far tested positive for monkeypox in the state.
Therefore, he urged residents to observe safety measures to reduce the spread of the virus and other infectious diseases in the state.
The state health commissioner, Professor Akoria Obehi, who made the revelation to Beninese journalists, said the ministry had stepped up surveillance and other activities to curb the spread of infectious diseases.
She noted, however, that all those diagnosed with the disease have recovered.
“Amid the rise in the number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in Edo, it has become imperative to warn of the health risks posed by the virus and to reiterate the need for residents to exercise caution and respect security measures,” she said.
The commissioner pointed out the symptoms of monkeypox, including fever, headache, body weakness, sore throat and enlarged glands under the jaw and in the neck.
“It may also be accompanied by the appearance of a rash on the face, palms, soles of the feet, genitals and other parts of the body, which may appear solid or filled with fluid at first.
“It can manifest within two to three weeks of infection, depending on the individual’s health status.”
Obehi, who advised residents on measures to contain the disease, said: “The virus can be transmitted by infected animals and rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels and even monkeys through contact with infected blood, body fluids, stains, blisters or scabs. , and object sharing.
“Avoid contact with dead or alive wild animals such as small mammals, including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, great apes).
“Cook all foods containing animal meat thoroughly before eating.
“Avoid unprotected contact with infected animals, humans, their bedding and other linens; wash your hands regularly and use sanitizer when water is not available.
Edo’s health commissioner, who reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to containing the outbreak and protecting residents’ health, said the state’s disease surveillance team had been deployed to control the outbreak in the state.
This was done alongside stakeholder engagement in the 18 local government areas of the state.
“If you suspect symptoms of monkeypox, please go to the nearest health facility for medical attention or call the Acting State Disease Surveillance and Reporting Officer (0806 059 3802)” , advised Akoria.

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