Still Counting! Seven States Already Affected By Monkeypox Says NCDC National Coordinator

The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Disease Control, Abuja, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that 31 cases of the monkeypox virus have been recorded in seven states of the federation.

Ihekweazu while disclosing this in a statement on Monday, listed the seven affected states to be Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun, Bayelsa, Rivers and Cross River States.

Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rain forests and it’s symptoms are very similar to that of smallpox.

He further said the agency was awaiting the laboratory results and confirmation of the 31 suspected cases.

Ihekweazu said, “Samples have been collected from each suspected case for laboratory confirmation, results are still awaited but so far, there have been no deaths recorded.

“It is unlikely that many of the suspected cases are actually monkeypox but all are being investigated. Nigerians are therefore advised to remain calm, avoid self-medication and report any suspected case to the nearest health facility. Public health authorities across the country have been well informed on what to do when a suspected case arises.”

The NCDC boss said the Federal Government has activated emergency operation centres in affected states to coordinate investigation and response in affected states.

Experts and health officials from the EOC, according to Ihekweazu, will assist the various state Ministries of Health with case finding, epidemiological investigations and contact tracing.

 

Source – Punch

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  1. Ezike Onyeka Emmanuel

    This is a straight news report. Monkey pox , How did Nigeria offend the animal kingdom?,the gods of the animal kingdom seems to be angry with us.

    Quiz No: 59.

  2. I know one day monkey pox will be a history….I believe in God

    Quiz no 7

  3. What a deadly disease!!!!!?????
    Quiz no 59

  4. this is getting serious day by day God help us in this country of ours o.. government please do something before it gets out of hand

  5. ojimba ogochukwu o.

    the animals are really angry wit us… 70

  6. Arinze obiageli peyson

    Quiz no 59

    Monkey pox? It is no longer ebola or Lasa fever
    . When will we ever enjoy our lives without worrying about being infected by other creatures created by God.

  7. Oh my God what kind of disease is this.. Please God help us

  8. Only God can save us in a country like
    Quiz no:78

  9. Ibeh Ifunanya Cynthia

    quiz no118
    This is getting serious

  10. I can only imagine the worst yet to come.
    Quiz number: 56

  11. nawaooo….this is getting serious
    41

  12. Humanity is becoming an endangered specie..quiz num 89

  13. Seven States in Nigeria are currently living with monkeypox quiz no 125 reg 2016054136

  14. Do you know that seven states in Nigeria are affected with monkeypox virus? quiz no 107 rrg 2016054137

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