No treatment for Monkey Pox – NCDC


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said there are no specific treatments available for the monkeypox infection.

The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, made this known when he allayed the fears of Nigerians regarding the health condition, saying the NCDC is doing everything possible to mitigate the spread of the disease.

While the NCDC noted that 15 out of the 46 suspected cases reported had been confirmed, countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Lebanon and Canada among others have started to report cases.

The disease, which according to the World Health Organisation, is endemic to West and Central African countries, has surfaced in some European countries.

The WHO in a statement it released last week noted that the outbreak of the monkeypox disease is being discovered in countries where it is not endemic.

“There are no specific treatments available for monkeypox infection, although various novel antivirals have in-vitro and animal data supportive effects such as Brincindofocir and Tecovirimat.

“Measures that can be taken to prevent infection with monkeypox virus include: avoiding contact with animals that could harbour the virus, both sick or dead animals in areas where monkeypox cases have occurred; avoiding contact with any material that has been in contact with a sick animal; thoroughly cooking any animal that might have come into contact with an infected animal; handling them with standard precautions and observing monkeypox symptoms for 30 days and washing with soap and water after contact with infected animals.”

The centre, therefore, urged Nigerians to take certain measures to prevent contracting the disease.

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