Nigeria Bans Bush Meat to Combat Spread of Monkeypox

Nigeria has banned the sale and consumption of bush meat in a bid to control the spread of the monkeypox virus, with hunters and dealers warned to stop their operations.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mohammad Abubakar, has advised  Nigerians to avoid contact with those infected with monkeypox, whether at home or at workplaces. The minister also discouraged the keeping of primates or rodents as pets.

Six cases have been detected in June, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 21 infections in 2022.

Monkeypox is a smallpox-like virus that leaves a painful rash that can be fatal if not properly treated.


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