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Flooding helps monkeypox spread – Health official

Flooding in some parts of the country has been identifi ed as a leading cause of the spread of monkey pox outbreak ravaging some states in the country.

Delta state coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Bassey Bassey, who was represented by Mr.

Casmir Ifeanyi, said this in Abuja at a colloquium organised by the Association of Medical Scientists of Nigeria.

“Flooding facilitates infectious disease transmission and exposes aff ected communities to outbreak of epidemics such as cholera and related ailments”, he said.

Speaking on the theme: “Perennial Flooding in Nigeria: Communicable Diseases and Looming Antimicrobial Resistance”, Bassey said fl ood was a major source of communicable disease because animals defecate in water, which human later come in contact with.

He said until it could be proofed otherwise, “I believes fl ooding has a major role in the sudden outbreak of monkey pox and other diseases”.

He explained that animals, displaced from their natural habitat gradually gravitate towards human communities.

”Floods that last seven days, associates with waterborne diseases and those that last between one and four weeks, rodent-borne diseases should be expected.

“A combination of both water and rodent borne diseases should be expected when flooding last more than four weeks”, he said.

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