Nigerians beware! 7 key ways monkeypox can be transmitted

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced that there is a suspected outbreak of a viral disease called monkeypox in Bayelsa state.

In the press release, members of the public were urged to remain calm, alert and know the signs and symptoms of the disease

CAMPUSPEEP.com earlier reported that a medical doctor and 10 others were down with the disease and were being quarantined in an isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa local government area of the state.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has listed the major facts about the disease. Monkeypox is not a newly discovered disease, it has been known for decades, although relatively rare.

Dr Charles-Davies OA, a medical doctor and founder of 25 Doctors, a platform where you can ask doctors questions online, spoke to CAMPUSPEEP.com about the ways the disease is transmitted.

Here are 7 different ways the disease is transmitted:

1. Contact with infected monkeys

Monkeypox is caused by a virus. The virus has been previously isolated in animals like monkeys, rats and squirrels.

Human outbreaks are more likely to be spread from infected animals than from a human to another human. Close contact with infected monkeys can spread the virus to humans.

Monkeys are sometimes hunted in rural areas, and touching an infected monkey, even a dead monkey can make a person contract the disease.

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