Diseases have been linked to the consumption of food in the past from the deadly Ebola virus linked to the consumption of meat to be precise ‘bush meat’, Lassa fever derived from contaminated foods just to mention a few.
The Federal ministry of health has advised Nigerian’s to be health cautious
because of the new epidemic called ‘Monkey pox’ that suddenly emanated in Bayelsa state in the south-south region of Nigeria. The Monkey pox is an epidemic linked to the feeding on bush meat.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole on Thursday. In a statement released through Boade Akinola, the director of media and public relations in the ministry, the minister stated that the disease don’t have a cure or vaccine but there is no cause for an alarm.
The statement read in part:
“He (Adewole) said the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines, hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible.
“He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bushmeat and particularly bush monkeys.” The statement added that “The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.”
Adewole also disclosed that test samples have been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senegal for analysis and the Ministry is still awaiting the results. He also advised that anyone who experiences any of those symptoms listed above to go to a hospital.
Since the outbreak of the virus, 10 people and a doctor have been quarantined after they contracted the disease in Bayelsa State.