Monkeypox : Public Health authorities preempt an outbreak in the East Region

The Regional Delegate of Health for the East Region, Dr. Mintep Désiré Anicet has launched a campaign against Monkeypox in the East region. This campaign comes after the death of a child was reported in the Ayos District hospital on January 9, 2020.

In a press release signed on January 13, 2020 by the Regional Delegate of Health for the East Region, Public Health authorities of three targeted health districts ; Abongbang, Ngulemendouka, and Messamena have been told to be on alert .

The heads of these health districts are also required to submit daily reports to the Centre for the Prevention, and Fight Against Epidemics.

What is Monkey Pox ?

According to Dr. Fonkou Steve, “Monkeypox is one of the zoonotic diseases which presents a viral prodrome usually consisting of fever, joint paints, headache and later on generalised body itches which then classically results in umbilicated rashes similar to Molluscum contagiosum”

The disease is transmitted after contact with an infected squirrel, rat, monkey or gorilla. It can also be contracted by direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, cutaneous or mucosal lesions an infected person.

Health experts also say children are the most affected . Monkeypox is common  in the Central African Republic owing to high rates of monkey consumption .

Prevention Tips

Health experts have outlined some measures that will help prevent infection.

#Avoid bodily contact with an infected person

# Wash hands with soap and clean water after contact with an infected person

# Properly cook game before consumption

# Avoid contact with infected animals or consuming dead animals

Read more about Monkeypox 

Monkeypox was first confirmed in Cameroon in chimpanzees in Sanaga-Yong, Minta Division, in 2014. The Division has since been declared a risk zone, followed by Belabo and Diang localities .

Kathy Neba Sina

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