No mon­key pox in­fec­tion in Abuja - Of­fi­cials

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Judd-Leonard Okafor

Public health of­fi­cials in Abuja have ruled out sus­pected mon­key pox in­fec­tion at one of its district hos­pi­tals.

Direc­tor of public health in the FCT, Humphrey Oko­roukwu said the two sus­pected cases at Gwarimpa district hospi­tal were cases of chicken pox, not mon­key pox.

Both dis­eases share some symp­toms, but the ap­pear­ance of vesic­u­lar rash in mon­key pox has caused much anx­i­ety.

“I think I like the sus­pi­cion be­cause it’s bet­ter to sus­pect than to ig­nore it and it later turns out to be pos­i­tive,” Oko­roukwu said.

Clin­i­cal signs so far seen at the hospi­tal in­di­cate chicken pox, though of­fi­cials still await lab­o­ra­tory con­fir­ma­tion on sam­ples sent out.

“The truth now is that there is no con­firmed case of mon­key pox dis­ease in FCT,” he said.

Since Septem­ber when it was first re­ported in Bayelsa, more than 31 cases sus­pected to be mon­key pox have been re­ported across seven states.

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