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Ailment spreading across Nigeria may not be monkeypox, health minister says



Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health has stated that it is not yet confirmed that the ailment spreading across some states in the country is monkeypox as widely believed.

The minister who made the comment while addressing newsmen moments after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, revealed that the Centre for Disease Control has taken samples for laboratory analysis locally and in Senegal.

“We will know within 48 hours if what we are dealing with is monkeypox,” he said.

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The minister, however, urged Nigerians not to panic. He said if it turns out to be monkeypox, there are two types of the disease; Central African and West African.

Mr. Adewole said the West African one is not deadly.

Meanwhile, five patients with Monkey Pox virus have been discharged from the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), in Bayelsa State.

This brings to eight the total number of those discharged after two index patients and a medical doctor who got infected in the course of treating patients were earlier discharged.


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