The Kwara State government has denied reports of the outbreak of monkey pox. Acting Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Oluwatosin Fakayode, said the government took precautions to prevent the disease from penetrating the state. About seven states, including Ekiti State, which shares boundary with Kwara, have had reported cases. Dr Fakayode spoke on a radio show – The Platform. According to him, the ministry has put its Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers on the alert. He added that enlightenment programmes, involving traditional and spiritual leaders, on the need to cook food properly before consumption, has begun. Fakayode warned against body contact with infected persons and animals, especially monkeys. He identified some of the symptoms as fever, general body weakness, vomiting and rashes. The director called advised immediate medical attention in case of any suspected cases.