Olusegun Ariyo

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed another 15 new cases this time monkey-pox as it says Lagos and Adamawa are in the lead

It stated further that the two states have the highest figures of three each as it recorded 15 confirmed cases of monkeypox in seven states between January 1 and April 30, 2022.

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

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control 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.

In the situation report, the NCDC said 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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