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The deadly Monkey Pox virus, which has affected some people in Bayelsa State, has found its way into Rivers State.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof Chike Princewill, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, said three suspected cases have been identified.

Chike said the disease has been identified in three communities- Rumuolumeni, Eneka and Rumomoi, all in Obio/Akpor Council, adding that the ministry has deployed measures to prevent its spread.

He said those affected with the virus have been quarantined, pending the outcome of research on it and advised medical personnel in the state to put on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while handling patients who have rashes and fever.

The commissioner appealed to the public to intensify efforts to improve on their personal and environmental hygiene methods and also endeavour to avoid contact with body fluid.

He noted that the Rapid Response Department of the ministry has been revamped, while the ministry has made arrangements with the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), the state primary health centres and other relevant authorities for any emergency.

He urged the public to contact the following numbers- 08056109538, 09062277699, and 08033124314– in case of any suspected case.

Chikere said the virus could be transmitted by rodents and monkeys, stating that the signs and symptoms include fever, sore throat, body weakness and rashes, among others.

The virus was first noticed in Bayelsa state early this week.


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