Gombe confirms three monkeypox cases


Health officials in Gombe state have confirmed three cases of monkeypox, joining 26 other states of the federation with an incidence of the virus.

Briefing journalists at the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, the commissioner for health in the state, Habu Dahiru, disclosed that the three confirmed cases emerged from 19 suspected samples.

Dahiru, who doubles as the state incident manager revealed that the state opted for testing with Polymerase Chain Reaction, which is the World Health Organisation’s approved method in order to ascertain the actual position of patients.

“These cases presented with fever lasting for more than one week despite treatment for common causes of fever, they developed rashes on the face and other parts of their body which prompted the suspicion of monkeypox.

“Samples were taken and sent to the laboratory for testing and they returned positive for monkeypox virus”, he said.

According to him, no death has been recorded, stressing that recovery was between three to four weeks.

While declaring the outbreak of monkeypox, Dahiru, who doubles as the state incident manager, noted that an Incident Management System has been activated with full responsibility for surveillance.

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