The Federal Ministry of Health has advised Nigerians against the eating of monkeys, bushmeat and dead animals to avoid the risk of contracting monkey pox, as he also gave symptoms of the viral disease.
It was said that no cure or vaccine are yet discovered but there was no cause for alarm as the disease was mild, adding that test samples had been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senega.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement by the Director, Media and Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Thursday.
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
The public to avoid eating dead animals, bush meat and particularly bush monkeys. Although Monkeypox could not be confirmed until laboratory investigations by WHO referral laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.
The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.