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MonkeyPox: Panic as monkey bites woman in Ondo State

Residents of Akure,the Ondo State capital, are living in fear as a result of a reported case of a woman being bitten by a monkey.

It was gathered that the woman (name unknown), was bitten by a monkey, which was one of their domestic pets, while trying to feed it on Saturday.

According to a source living in the neighbourhood, the woman did not take the monkey bite so seriously until Sunday evening when she started feeling some pains and discomfort.

The source also added that they had thought it was a whitlow because the spot started developing some blisters and pus within.

“When she started complaining, her friends and family then advised her to visit a nearby health centre for treatment or minor surgery,” the source said.

He added that “when she got to the health centre, one of the nurses who attended to her thought it was a whitlow and wanted to operate it but there was no surgical blade in the health facility.”

According to him, “It was brought to the notice of the matron, who noticed that the affected part was more of a bite than whitlow. The lady now revealed that she was bitten by the monkey they rear in her house when trying to feed it.”

The source ,however noted that the matron of the health centre immediately referred the woman to the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, for further treatment.

Efforts by The Politico to reach the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro through calls for further enquiries and the proactive action taken by the ministry to curtail the spread of the suspected “Monkey Pox” incident proved abortive.

As at press time,the commissioner had neither returned the call nor replied the text message sent to his line by our correspondent.


Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which announced that the disease had spread to Lagos and six other states with cases risen to 31, confirmed monkey as the primary source of the outbreak.

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