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 The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has reported 21 more cases of monkey pox in the country within the past seven days The NCDC via its official website announced on Sunday that the disease could be spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person s respiratory droplets skin lesions or bodily fluids The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkey pox related deaths between January and August and that six states in the country had recorded one death each from the disease It listed the six states where monkey pox deaths occurred as Delta Lagos Ondo Akwa Ibom Taraba and Kogi According to the NCDC monkey pox symptoms include swollen lymph nodes fever and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease if in the genital or anal region Between Aug 15 and Aug 21 Taraba and Kogi States recorded two deaths the agency added It said that the total number of confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country had also risen to 241 with 21 new cases reported in one week between Aug 15 and Aug 21 The NCDC said that the 21 confirmed cases were reported from 12 states It listed the states as Lagos seven Adamawa two Ebonyi two Imo two Akwa Ibom one Anambra one Edo one FCT one Katsina State one Kaduna State one Kogi one and Ondo State one Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year This translates to 17 4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country Overall since the re emergence of monkey pox 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 In addition from September 2017 to August 2022 a total of 14 deaths have been recorded with a case fatality rate of three per cent 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 one The News Agency of Nigeria reports that monkey pox is an infection caused by a virus similar to the now eradicated smallpox virus It has been common in some African countries but outbreaks have occurred in other parts of the world from time to time In 2022 the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency after the spread of monkey pox to many countries through social interactions and intimate contacts Monkey pox may be most severe in young children especially if they have poor nutritional status In previous years fatal cases have occurred primarily among children in Africa Vaccines can prevent monkey pox but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide When widely available the vaccine may also be used to protect at risk populations including men having sex with men bisexual people commercial sex workers and others who engage in behaviours that put them at risk The infection continues to spread but because transmission requires close personal contact the rate is much slower than that of SARS CoV 2 virus the coronavirus that causes COVID 19 NewsSourceCredit NAN
NCDC announces 21 monkey pox cases in 7 days

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 21 more cases of monkey pox in the country within the past seven days.

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The NCDC via its official website announced on Sunday that the disease could be spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person’s respiratory droplets, skin lesions or bodily fluids.

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January and August

The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkey pox related deaths between January and August and that six states in the country had recorded one death each from the disease.

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Akwa Ibom

It listed the six states where monkey pox deaths occurred as Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Kogi.
According to the NCDC, monkey pox symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, fever and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease, if in the genital or anal region.

Between Aug

“Between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21, Taraba and Kogi States recorded two deaths,” the agency added.

It said that the total number of confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country had also risen to 241, with 21 new cases reported in one week between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21.
The NCDC said that the 21 confirmed cases were reported from 12 states.

Akwa Ibom

It listed the states as Lagos – seven, Adamawa – two, Ebonyi – two, Imo -two, Akwa Ibom – one, Anambra – one, Edo – one, FCT – one, Katsina State – one, Kaduna State – one, Kogi – one and Ondo  State – one.

Lagos State

“Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country, Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease, with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year.

“This translates to 17.4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country.

“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkey pox 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.

“In addition, from September, 2017 to August, 2022, a total of 14 deaths have been recorded, with a case fatality rate of three per cent, in 10 states.

Cross River

“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.

News Agency of Nigeria

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that monkey pox is an infection, caused by a virus similar to the now-eradicated smallpox virus.

It has been common in some African countries but outbreaks have occurred in other parts of the world from time to time.

World Health Organisation

In 2022, the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency after the spread of monkey pox to many countries through social interactions and intimate contacts.

Monkey pox may be most severe in young children, especially if they have poor nutritional status.

In previous years, fatal cases have occurred primarily among children in Africa.

Vaccines can prevent monkey pox, but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide.

When widely available, the vaccine may also be used to protect at-risk populations, including men having sex with men, bisexual people, commercial sex workers and others who engage in behaviours that put them at risk.

The infection continues to spread but because transmission requires close personal contact, the rate is much slower than that of SARS-CoV-2 virus (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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