Nigeria Monkeypox cases: NCDC confirms 15 cases of monkeypox in Nigeria

On Tuesday, NCDC Director-General Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu declared that 15 occurrences of the infection had been identified

In Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 59 suspicious monkeypox cases.

On Tuesday, NCDC Director-General Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu declared that 15 occurrences of the infection had been identified.

Ihekweazu made this known while responding to a Dallas, Texas man who arrived from Nigeria lately and tested positive for the monkeypox disease.

The individual was infected with a form of the virus which is mostly found in West Africa, including Nigeria, as per laboratory findings.

Meanwhile, Ihekweazu told NAN that an outburst might be proclaimed if there was a massive cluster of monkeypox infections that constituted an emergency, identical to how the agency responds to other epidemic-prone diseases in the country.

Ihekweazu further assured Nigerians that the agency will try its best to contain the spread of the disease in the country.

The Federal Government was notified of the situation in Texas, through the International Health Regulations (IHR), which reported a case of monkeypox disease diagnosed in a patient who had recently visited Nigeria.

Since the re-emergence of monkeypox in the country in September 2017, the agency has continued to receive reports and responses to sporadic cases of the disease from states across the country. We have been working closely with state health ministries to strengthen monkeypox disease surveillance and response in the country.

He continued by saying

We work with Enhanced Monkeypox Surveillance Project where we have been training health workers across states to rapidly detect and manage cases.

Our initial focus is on the states with the highest number of cases – Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Lagos.

We will continue working with all states to strengthen monkeypox prevention, detection, and control in Nigeria.

He urged Nigerians to continue adhering to precautions that protect them from monkeypox and other infectious diseases.

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