Liberia Issues Alert on Monkeypox Likely Outbreak


Liberian health authorities issued an alert on the possible outbreak of monkey pox, an infectious disease that is found mostly in central and western Africa.

Liberia’s chief medical officer Francis Kateh said the disease, caused by the monkey pox virus, has already been discovered in the southern county of River Cess.

Kateh said there are currently four confirmed cases of the disease. A couple of suspected cases have also been sent for testing.

According to the health official, the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms of monkey pox is around 10 days, while the duration of symptoms is typically from two to five weeks.

He said the virus may be spread from handling bush meat, an animal bite or scratch, body fluids, contaminated objects or close contact with an infected person.

The monkey pox was first identified in 1958, amongst laboratory monkeys. The first human cases were discovered in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fever, itchy toes, headache, muscle pain, and swollen lymph nodes, among others, have been identified as the symptoms of the disease.

The disease is not deadly and can be cured through the smallpox vaccine. In 2017, West African country Nigeria recorded 172 suspected and 61 confirmed cases of the monkey pox disease between September and December

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