After a report by the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) that a person in England had been found infected with Monkeypox, after travelling back from Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that almost 558 people are diagnosed with the same in 32 states of the country.
The UKHSA stated that the infected person in England is being taken care of at the Infectious Disease Unit of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.
Monkeypox is a very rare viral infection which can kill one in every ten patients but cannot spread quickly. The NCDC published an epidemiological summary regarding the infection on Tuesday, May 10, which stressed that since September 2017, Nigeria has been reporting rare cases of the disease, with a National Technical Working Group (TWG) monitoring the infections and reinforcing preparedness/response capacity.
The centre stated that 46 people were found infected during the first four months of this year, in addition to 15 confirmed cases reported from seven states, Lagos (three), Abuja (two), Imo (one), Cross River (two), Delta (two), Kano (two) and Adamawa (three), but no deaths have been reported.
The NCDC also said that ten new cases were reported in April from seven states, Lagos (two), FCT (one), Ogun (one), Kano (one), Bayelsa (three), Delta (one) and Edo (one).
The five new positive cases of Monkeypox were confirmed from four cities, FCT (one), Delta (one), Kano (one) and Lagos (two).
Nigeria has reported almost 558 suspected cases since September 2017 from 32 states.
It stated that of the reported cases, 241 (43.2%) had been confirmed in almost 22 states – Bayelsa (43), Lagos (33), Rivers (52), Oyo (six), Delta (31), Cross River (16), Niger (one), Edo (10), Imo (nine), Akwa Ibom (seven), FCT (eight), Enugu (four), Plateau (three), Abia (three), Adamawa (three), Nasarawa (two), Benue (two), Anambra (two), Ekiti (two), Kano (two), Ebonyi (one) and Ogun (one).