The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has announced that 15 cases of Monkeypox have been confirmed in seven states between January1st and April 30th, 2022, with Lagos and Adamawa having the highest figures of three each.

Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa.

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 our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday, 10th May, 2022.

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

It was earlier reported that the United Kingdom, through the United Kingdom Health Security Agency, disclosed how an individual diagnosed with monkeypox had a travel history from Nigeria.

According to a statement released by the NCDC, it was stated that no death has been recorded this year as a result of the disease.

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

 “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”, the NCDC situation report read.

Story: Asma’u Sani