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Mosquitoes carrying Zika virus are in Nigeria’ – Health Minister

Nigerians have been warned to make use of mosquito nets, owing to the presence of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus in the country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this on
Thursday, during a press briefing in Abuja, where he explained that the
mosquitoes were active and flying around.

The Minister added that the Zika-carrying mosquitoes usually bite during the day and early morning.
Professor Adewole urged Nigerians to remain calm, vigilant and also
to report any suspected case of an acute febrile illness in pregnant
women, in particular, to any nearest health facility.
“Nigerian scientists working in Western Nigeria in 1954 discovered
Zika virus in Nigeria. Further studies in the years 1975 to 1979 showed
that 40 per cent of Nigeria adults and 25 per cent of Nigerian children
have antibodies to Zika virus, meaning they are protected against this
virus.”
“Despite the fact that some Nigerians are immune to the Zika virus
infection as demonstrated by previous studies, it is important and
advisable that Nigerians should be careful and protect themselves from
mosquito bites. There is no vaccine for Zika virus, and no cure other
than rest, plenty of fluids and perhaps over-the-counter medication to
reduce fevers, aches and pains as previously mentioned.”
This, therefore, means that prevention is most effective means of
preventing transmission. “I advise all Nigerians, particularly pregnant
women, to avoid travelling to countries infected by this virus in these
periods. If however, you are to visit any country where Zika virus is
now being actively transmitted, you are advised to protect yourselves
from mosquito bites.”
“Pregnant women considering travel to affected areas may wish to
consult their health-care provider prior to travel and after return.
They should also practice personal and household steps to prevent
mosquito, including putting mosquito repellant on their clothes and
skin, wear long sleeves and pants, and sleep underneath mosquito nets at
night, where possible.”

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