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Kwara alerts public to first case of monkeypox 

The Kwara State government has alerted the public to its confirmation of the first case of Monkeypox in the state. 

What were the symptoms observed? 

In a statement by the state’s Ministry of Health, which was signed by the Health Commissioner, Dr. Raji Razak, the government said: “the first confirmed case in Kwara State involves a 29-year-old Nigerian driver who developed symptoms of fever, generalized rash, and weakness in the last two weeks”. 

How is the patient faring? 

He is reported to be responding positively to treatment. According to the Health Commissioner, the patient has been on admission in the last 1 week due to suspicion of the disease and has been under strict monitoring by the surveillance and clinical team. “Currently, the patient is improving and stable in the ward”, Razak said. 

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Control Measures 

While imploring members of the public to be conscious of personal and community hygiene as part of preventive measures, Razak said the state government, in order to strengthen its response to the development, has commenced training for health workers, adding that “the Ministry of Health is also notifying the appropriate agencies, especially the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control”, about the development. 

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