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