Monkey pox is a rare viral zoonotic infection, that is, an infection transmitted from animals to humans, that occurs sporadically, primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical forests. It is caused by monkey pox viruses which also cause small pox and cow pox.
Dr. Dominic Ukpong, Akwa Ibom’s Commissioner of Health on Friday October 26 announced that 18 cases of monkey pox has been reported in the state with one being confirmed.
Speaking at a press conference, the Commissioner said the 18 cases reside within three communities of Ikot Akpaden, Ikot Enin and Ndon in Mkpat Enin LGA.
Ukpong who noted that the presence of the disease in neighbouring states puts Akwa Ibom at risk of new cases, stated that they have activated its infectious control procedure to prevent the epidemic and confine it to the affected local government.
The Commissioner also warned against contact with animals that could harbour the virus, including sick or dead animals within the affected communities.