Lagos records highest figures as Nigeria's monkeypox cases hit 157
Ifedayo Adetifa, NCDC DG

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 157 cases of Monkeypox across 26 states in the country, with Lagos recording the highest number.

The NCDC revealed this in its latest Monkeypox situation report for week 30.

Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans that occur sporadically, primarily in remote villages of Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.

Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa where the disease is endemic.

The agency said from January 1 to July 31, 2022, four deaths were recorded from four states – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

The report also revealed that there are at least 413 suspected cases of the disease in the country.

It read in part, “There were 56 new suspected cases reported in Epi week 30, 2022 (July 25 to July 31, 2022) from 19 states – Ondo (13), Plateau (8), Lagos (6), Adamawa (4), Abia (3), Borno (3), Delta (2), Kano (3), Anambra (2), Bayelsa (2) , Kwara (2), Akwa Ibom (1), Gombe (1), Imo (1), Nasarawa (1), Osun (1), Oyo (1), Rivers (1) and Taraba (1).

“Of the 56 suspected cases, there were 24 new confirmed positive cases in Epi week 30, 2022 from 12 states – Ondo (5), Kano (3), Lagos (3), Abia (2), Adamawa (2), Bayelsa (2), Kwara (2), Delta (1), Anambra (1), Gombe (1), Rivers (1) and Nasarawa (1).

“From January 1 to July 31, 2022, there have now been 413 suspected cases and 157 confirmed cases (105 male, 52 female) from 26 states – Lagos (20), Ondo (14), Adamawa (13), Delta (12), Bayelsa (12), Rivers (11), Edo (8), Nasarawa (8), Plateau (6), Anambra (6), FCT (5), Taraba (5), Kwara (5), Kano (5), Imo (4), Cross River (3), Borno (3), Oyo (3), Abia (3), Gombe (3), Katsina (2), Kogi (2), Niger (1), Ogun (1), Bauchi (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

“Four deaths were recorded from 4 states – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

“Overall, since the re-emergence of Monkeypox in September 2017 and to July 31, 2022, a total of 925 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states in the country.”

 

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