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Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

We have no case of Monkeypox - Ogun govt.

We have no case of Monkeypox - Ogun govt.

The Nation reports that the state government also urged all residents to continue to maintain a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states.

"Following the notification of a suspected monkey pox outbreak [.] in Bayelsa State, other suspected cases have been reported from six more states, bringing the total number of suspected cases so far to 31 across seven States - Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River States", the center said in a statement on Monday night.

The two cases are said to have occurred in Okemesi-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State government refuted the report credited to the NCDC, saying there was no incident of monkey pox in the state.

"Again, we have the state epidemiologist who is a medical doctor in the Ministry of Health that coordinates all these people".

Commissioner for Health Dr Jide Idris told newsmen that the two suspected cases were being investigated.

Mr. Ipaye explained that the distribution of the rashes on the patient was never suggestive of a monkeypox, adding due process was not completed before the case was reported.

Speaking further, he said, " 55 close contacts have been identified and are being monitored as of 7th October 2017 and whereas there is however no definite remedy to treat the disease, intensive supportive care helps patients to recover fully, while active surveillance and quick detection of cases helps to halt the spread".

"Yes, there was an overzealous officer of the Ministry who saw somebody with skin lesion in the state hospital, Ijebu -Ode and unfortunately called the Federal Ministry of Health and incidented suspected case. We are not willing to cover up a case but we must also not sent people panicking for things that we do not have".

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