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The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported another 21 cases of monkeypox in the country in the past seven days.
The NCDC via its official website announced yesterday that the disease can be spread through close contact and exposure to respiratory droplets, broken skin or bodily fluids from an infected person.
The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkeypox-related deaths between January and August, and six states in the country each recorded one death from the disease.
It lists the six states where monkeypox deaths have occurred, namely Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Kogi.
According to the NCDC, symptoms of monkeypox include swollen lymph nodes, fever, and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease, if located in the genital or anal area.
“Between August 15 and August 21, Taraba and Kogi states recorded two deaths,” the agency added.
He said the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the country had also risen to 241, with 21 new cases reported in a week between August 15 and 21.
The NCDC said the 21 confirmed cases were reported in 12 states.
He listed the states as Lagos – seven, Adamawa – two, Ebonyi – two, Imo – two, Akwa Ibom – one, Anambra – one, Edo – one, FCT – one, Katsina – one, Kaduna – one, Kogi – one and Ondo– one.
“Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country, Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease, with 42 confirmed cases so far this year.
“This translates to 17.4% of the total disease burden in the country.
“Overall, from the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017 through August of this year, a total of 1,116 suspected cases have been reported across 35 states.
“Of the 1,116 suspected cases, 467 (41.8%) have been confirmed (309 males, 158 females) in 32 states.
“Additionally, from September 2017 to August 2022, a total of 14 deaths have been recorded, with a case fatality rate of 3%, in 10 states.
“The states are: Lagos – three, Edo – two, Imo – one, Cross River – one, FCT – one, Rivers – one, Ondo State – one, Delta – one, Akwa Ibom – one, Taraba – one and Kogi – a.”
Monkeypox is an infection caused by a virus similar to the now eradicated smallpox virus.
It is common in some African countries, but outbreaks have occurred from time to time in other parts of the world.
In 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency after monkeypox spread to many countries through social interactions and intimate contact.
Monkeypox can be more serious in young children, especially if they have poor nutritional status.
In previous years, fatal cases have occurred mainly among children in Africa.
Vaccines can prevent monkeypox, but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide.
When widely available, the vaccine can also be used to protect at-risk populations, including men who have sex with men, bisexual people, sex workers and other people who adopt risky behaviors.
The infection continues to spread, but because transmission requires close personal contact, the rate is much slower than that of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).


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