In the past seven days, 21 new cases of monkeypox have been reported in Nigeria, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
This was disclosed by the NCDC in a statement posted on its main website.
The new number brings the nation’s total number of confirmed cases of monkeypox to 241. The organization also offered advice on how to prevent the illness.
“Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country, Lagos state has the highest burden of the disease, with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year,” the agency said.
“This translates to 17.4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country.
“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017 to August this year, a total of 1,116 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states.
“Of the 1,116 suspected cases, there have been 467 (41.8 per cent) confirmed (309 male, 158 female) from 32 states.”
NCDC noted that a total of 14 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 3% in 10 states out of the total number of suspected cases from September.
“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 – one,” the NCDC stated.
After naming the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency in July, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on September 1 that there had been more than 50,000 cases reported worldwide.
The COVID-19 pandemic was the most recent public health emergency, and a global emergency is the highest degree of alert recognized by WHO.
Although clinically less severe, the symptoms of monkeypox, a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to people), are comparable to those experienced in prior smallpox patients.
By coming into close touch with the blood, body fluids, or lesions of infected animals, it can be spread from animal to person.
Close contact and exposure to respiratory droplets, skin lesions, or body fluids from an infected individual can spread the human-to-human transmission.
Swollen lymph nodes, fever, and a rash that may first be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease, if it appears in the genital or anal area, are among the signs of monkeypox, according to the NCDC.