A virus known as ‘Monkey Pox’ was recently discovered in River Cess County, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh has disclosed.

Monkey Pox is an infectious disease caused by the Monkey Pox virus which mostly occurs in Central and West Africa. It was first identified in 1958 among laboratory monkeys and the first human cases were found in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Making the disclosure when he served as guest on a local radio show in Monrovia on Tuesday, Dr. Kateh named fever, itchy toes, headache, muscle pains, and swollen lymph nodes, among others, as the symptoms of the disease.

Kateh disclosed that there are four confirmed cases of the virus and couple of suspected cases which samples have been sent for testing.

He pointed out that though the disease is not deadly and can be cured through the Smallpox vaccine, it is important that parents always seek medical attention as soon as possible for early diagnosis.

According to him, the time from exposure to onset of symptoms of Monkey Pox is around 10 days, while the duration of symptoms is typically from two to five weeks.

The country’s Chief Medical Officer explained that the virus may be spread from handling bush meat, an animal bite or scratch, body fluids, contaminated objects, or close contact with an infected person.

 

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