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Monkeypox: Agency confirms 1 death, 21 cases in Nigeria

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Monkeypox in Nigeria
Monkeypox in Nigeria

On Sunday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) verified 21 cases of monkeypox in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory, with one death (FCT).

In order to increase in-country preparedness and participate in the global response, the NCDC has also launched the Monkeypox Emergency Operations Centre.

The nine states are Adamawa with five cases, Lagos with 4 cases, Bayelsa and Delta, Cross River, FCT, and Kano with two cases each, and Imo and Rivers with one case each, according to the agency’s Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa.

This year, as at 29th May 2022, a total of 21 confirmed cases with one death have been reported from 9 states and the FCT

The death was reported in a 40-year-old patient who had underlying co-morbidity and was on immunosuppressive medications. Genomic surveillance is ongoing at NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory in Abuja and so far all the cases have been confirmed to be caused by West Africa clade Monkeypox virus.

On 26th May 2022, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) activated a national multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre for Monkeypox (MPX-EOC) at level 2 to strengthen and coordinate ongoing response activities in-country while contributing to the global response.

This was based on the report of a preliminary risk assessment done by a group of Subject-Matter Experts from the NCDC, relevant government Ministries Departments and Agencies and partner agencies

Source: Connectley Naija News

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