Monkey Pox: Nigeria Confirms 21 Cases, 1 Death From Disease

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said as at 29th May 2022, a total of 21 confirmed cases with one death had been reported from 9 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

NCDC disclosed this in this month’s Monkeypox situation report on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

The Agency explained that the death was reported in a 40-year-old patient who had underlying co-morbidity and was on immunosuppressive medications.

It said Genomic surveillance was ongoing at NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory in Abuja and so far all of the cases were confirmed to be caused by West Africa clade Monkeypox virus.

It further stated that, there has been no evidence of any new or unusual transmission of the virus, nor changes in its clinical manifestation documented (including symptoms, profile and virulence) among the 21 cases reported in 2022 so far.

The NCDC therefore, emphasised that members of the public remain aware of the risk of Monkeypox, adhere to public health safety measures and report noticed signs and symptoms of the disease to the nearest health facility.

Symptoms of monkeypox include sudden fever, headache, body pain, weakness, sore throat, enlargement of glands (lymph nodes) in the neck and under the jaw, followed by the appearance of a rash (often solid or fluid-filled at the onset) on the face, palms, soles of the feet, genitals and other parts of the body.

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