.Patients Responding To Treatment- Health Commissioner
The number of patients reported to be receiving treatment for the communicable monkey pox, which broke out in Yenagoa, has risen from 11 to 13, newsmen report.
The 13 patients, including a medical doctor and a 17-year-old boy suspected to be infected with the monkeypox virus currently isolated at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), are responding to treatment and are at various stages of recovery.
Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, who addressed a news conference on Friday, along with his Information counterpart, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said that there was no cause for alarm as the state had taken steps to curtail further spread.
Etebu had on Thursday put the figure of affected patients at 11.
The commissioner said that more than 50 others, who had contact with the quarantined patients, had been traced and placed under surveillance.
He however, added that two of the infected patients earlier isolated, had been treated and discharged.
NAN recalls that the first index case was reported two weeks ago at Agbura, a rural settlement near Yenagoa.
Etebu said the victim had killed and eaten a monkey with members of his household and neighbors who later showed symptoms of the monkeypox virus.