Monkeypox: NCDC’ll respond as appropriate -Ihekweazu
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has stated that it will respond to the occurrence of monkeypox in the same manner as it has responded to other epidemic-prone diseases in the country in the past.
According to the agency, an outbreak will be notified if a substantial number of monkeypox cases occur in a short period of time and represent an emergency.
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Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke in Abuja on Tuesday after the agency reported 59 suspected cases of monkeypox, with 15 confirmed Monkeypox in Nigeria, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
At the same time, Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins, stated that the monkeypox discovered in a Nigerian arriving in the state of Texas, albeit rare, should not be cause for concern.
“While this is an uncommon occurrence, it is not cause for panic, and we do not anticipate any hazard to the general public,” Jenkins said in a statement released by the Dallas County health department.
The health department stated that because passengers were required to wear masks on the flight and in the airport, the risk of spreading monkeypox via respiratory droplets to other passengers and staff on the planes and in the terminals was low.
NAN reports that Ihekweazu informed the news agency that an outbreak of monkeypox would be declared if there was a big cluster of cases that constituted an emergency in the country, similar to how the agency responds to other epidemic-prone diseases in the country.
”The International Health Regulations (IHR) in Texas notified the Federal Government of the situation in Texas, which reported a case of monkeypox sickness detected in a patient who had recently returned from Nigeria.
As of September 2017, there have been sporadic reports and replies to monkeypox cases from states all around the country, which the agency has been tracking since September 2017.
“We have been collaborating closely with state health departments to improve monkeypox illness surveillance and response in the country,” says a spokesperson.
“We collaborate with the Enhanced Monkeypox Surveillance Project, through which we have been educating health workers from across the country to quickly detect and manage instances of monkeypox.
We are beginning with the states that have the highest number of cases — Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos – as our primary target.
“We will continue to collaborate with all states to improve monkeypox prevention, detection, and control in Nigeria,” he stated.
He advised Nigerians to continue to follow the safeguards that have kept them safe from monkeypox and other deadly diseases in the past.
“If you become ill or develop a sudden rash, seek medical attention immediately for diagnosis and treatment,” he recommended.
Monkeypox, which is a virus belonging to the same family as smallpox, is a rare but potentially fatal viral infection that begins with flu-like symptoms and proceeds to a rash on the face and body, according to the National Academy of Medicine.
It usually lasts between two and four weeks. People who do not exhibit any symptoms of the virus are not capable of transmitting it.
Infections with that form of monkeypox are fatal in approximately one out of every 100 persons, with the disease striking those with compromised immune systems the most severely.
More than 200 people in U.S. being monitored for possible monkeypox exposure, CDC says
More than 200 people in 27 states are being monitored for possible exposure to monkeypox after they had contact with an individual who contracted the disease in Nigeria before travelling to the United States this month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, no additional cases have been detected.
State and local health authorities are working with the CDC to identify and assess the individuals, and follow up with them daily until late this month, said Andrea McCollum, who leads the poxvirus epidemiology unit at the agency’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
“It is a lot of people,” McCollum acknowledged.
The efforts stem from the discovery that a U.S. resident infected with monkeypox travelled from Lagos, Nigeria, on an overnight flight to Atlanta that arrived on July 9; the person then travelled the same day to Dallas. On July 15, the individual sought care at a Dallas hospital emergency room, where the diagnosis of monkeypox was made.
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