Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Confirms 15 Cases Of Monkeypox —

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Lagos, Adamawa Leading In Number Of Cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, says Nigeria recorded 15 confirmed cases of monkeypox in seven states of the federation between January 1 and April 30, 2022.

Lagos and Adamawa states have the highest figures of three each.

The confirmed cases were from the 46 suspected cases recorded during the period.

NCDC disclosed this in its latest Monkeypox situation report made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

Monkeypox, which is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the Monkeypox virus, belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.

The United Kingdom, had through the United Kingdom Health Security Agency, disclosed how an individual diagnosed with monkeypox had a travel history from Nigeria.

The NCDC, however, informed that no death has been recorded this year as a result of the disease.

It said it would conduct active case searches in facilities and communities that have been reporting positive cases in the country.

The NCDC situation report read, “Since September 2017, Nigeria has continued to report sporadic cases of monkeypox. The Monkeypox National Technical Working Group has been monitoring cases and strengthening preparedness/response capacity.

“A total of 46 suspected cases have been reported between January 1 and April 30, 2022. Of the suspected cases, 15 were confirmed from seven states – Adamawa (3), Lagos (3), Cross River (2), Federal Capital Territory (2), Kano (2), Delta (2), and Imo (1) – but no death has been recorded.”

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