A new report emerging from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed a total number of 15 states across the federation has been hit by the newest outbreak of Monkeypox
About 76 cases of the dreadful disease have been recorded ion 2018 out of which 37 were confirmed to be monkeypox, leaving two dead.
The state affected by the new infection includes River, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Oyo, Abia, Anambra, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Rivers state have the highest number of infected people with 34 recorded cases. Rivers is followed by Bayelsa who had 20 cases and Bayelsa with 9 cases.
Six suspected cases were linked with an epidemiological link to a United Kingdom (UK) case in Rivers.
The Public Health England (PHE) had reported two cases of monkeypox to the NCDC, which were confirmed in the UK on September 7 and 11, 2018 in individuals with recent travel history to Nigeria.
Commenting on the outbreak, NCDC’s CEO, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said investigations and contact tracing were ongoing in the UK and Nigeria. He added that the NCDC is collaborating with the PHE to investigate and strengthen further control measures on the two cases so far confirmed in the UK.
Health News Africa recalled that in 2017, there were nine new cases out of which two were confirmed. A total of 115 confirmed cases have been reported from September 2017; four probable cases from September 2017; seven deaths and 17 states with at least one confirmed case including FCT.
Also, 26 states have reported at least one suspected case including FCT, while two health workers have contracted the infection.