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The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has discovered that monkeypox can be transmitted through s*x

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has issued a warning that monkeypox can be spread through sexual contact.

This is because, according to a medical virologist and immunologist, the disease is more deadly in individuals with other illnesses.

Monkeypox, an uncommon disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the Poxviridae family, according to the PUNCH.

The disease has lately emerged in a number of European nations, with 66 suspected cases documented in Nigeria so far in 2022.

The NCDC stated that 21 cases had been confirmed out of the 66, but that cases had been reported in the United Kingdom, the United States, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, and Canada, among others.

In a statement released last week, the World Health Organization warned that the Monkeypox disease outbreak is being identified in areas where it is not prevalent.

However, according to a post on the NCDC’s website viewed by The PUNCH on Thursday, sexual intercourse is a mechanism of transmission.

According to the post,

“Fever, headache, bodily aches, weakness, swollen lymph nodes (glands), and a rash are all symptoms of the sickness.” After about 1 to 3 days of fever, the rash erupts, beginning on the face and then spreading to the body with the face and palms/soles being mostly affected. “ They can also occur in and around the genitals, which is why one mechanism of transmission involves sex contact. It’s usually a self-limiting condition that lasts two to four weeks.” Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, a Professor of Medical Virology, University of Maiduguri, Prof Marycelin Baba, said the disease could be transmitted through skin contact.

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“Human-to-human transmission is a possibility.” If you have someone around you who has the infection, it is very easy for you to get infected and sex cannot be ruled out because there is contact,” Baba said.

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

Kolawole said, “There are different types of co-morbidity but anybody that is immunocompromised due to a certain disease condition and now has Monkeypox may suffer the possibility of death.

“The meaning is that the person’s immune system is immunocompromised; he cannot handle such infections. So, the power of the virus will overwhelm the immune system of such an individual which may lead to death.”

 

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