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Monkeypox can be transmitted through sex- NCDC

Monkeypox, a widespread disease in West and Central Africa, can be sexually transmitted, warns the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

This is just as a medical expert and immunologist noted that this condition is more lethal in patients suffering from other ailments.

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Auntyamebo blog reports that Monkeypox, a rare infectious disease caused by the Monkeypox virus, is part of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the Poxviridae family.

The disease has recently spread to other European countries, as to date 66 cases have been reported in Nigeria in 2022. The NCDC noted that of these 66, no less than 21 confirmed cases but countries such as the United Kingdom, the US, Portugal. , Spain, Israel, Lebanon and Canada among others have reported cases.

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The World Health Organization, in a statement released last week, noted that the outbreak of Monkeypox disease was found in countries where it was no longer available.

However, an NCDC post on its website, seen by auntyamebo blog on Thursday, noted that having sex is a means of transmission.

The article read, “Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, weakness, swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) and rash. After about 1 to 3 days of the flu, the rash erupts, starting on the face and spreading to the body severely affecting the face and palms / soles. “It also happens in the genitals which is why sexual contact is one of the most common causes of infection. Especially self-limiting disorders, which usually last two to four weeks. ” Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, Professor Marycelin Baba, Professor of Medical Virology at the University of Maiduguri, said the disease could be transmitted through skin contact.

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“There is a risk of transmission from person to person. If you have someone close to you who has the disease it is very easy for you to get the disease and sex will not be stopped because there is communication, ”said Dad.

Also, a medical virologist and immunologist at Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Dr. Oladipo Kolawole, told our reporter that Monkeypox could eliminate patients with co-morbidity (the presence of more than one disease). or a condition within the body at the same time) and can lead to death.

Kolawole said, “There are different types of concomitant illnesses but anyone who is not able to protect themselves due to a specific disease and now has Monkeypox disease may face death.

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“The explanation is that the immune system is weak; he cannot handle such diseases. Therefore, the virus will invade such a person’s immune system and lead to death.

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