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FILE: This 7-year-old Congolese child developed monkeypox after hunting squirrels in the forest surrounding her village.

Three suspected cases of monkeypox disease have been reported in Rivers State, a neighbouring oil rich state of Bayelsa, Premium Times reports.

Bayelsa State had earlier recorded cases of the viral disease on Thursday, October 5, 2017 thirteen people suspected to have been in contact with the first victim identified with the disease had been quarantined in the state but there has been no death recorded.

A media report on Channels TV said the three suspected cases in Rivers State were reported a day after Bayelsa State confirmed the outbreak.

health meningitis Prof. Isaac Adewole, Nigeria's Health Minister
Prof. Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s Health Minister

The Rivers State commissioner of health, Chikere Princewill, had reportedly informed journalists of the suspected cases in Port Harcourt on Friday.

He said all the three cases were discovered in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state, at Rumoulumeni, Eneka and Psychiatric Road.

Mr. Princewill said the fluid samples from the suspects, one a 13-year-old, have been sent to the laboratory for confirmation.

According to the commissioner, the boy had been earlier taken to a traditional healer for treatment. He said that although the cases are suspected to be monkeypox cases, there has been no confirmation of the viral disease in the state yet.

Samples from suspected victims have been sent to the World Health Organisation, WHO laboratory in Dakar, Senegal for confirmation.

After the first report of the suspected cases in Bayelsa, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole and the Executive Director of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu had called for calm among Nigerians saying the government is taking the required steps to manage the disease and to prevent further spread.

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