The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 59 suspected cases of Monkeypox with 15 confirmed in the country.
This was disclose by the Director-General of the agency, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu while briefing the newsmen on the United States resident who tested positive for the disease after arriving the North-American country from Nigeria, said an outbreak would be declared when there are large cluster of monkeypox cases that constituted an emergency.
Revealing that the NCDC have been working with state health ministries to strengthen monkeypox disease surveillance and response in the country, Ihekweazu also disclosed that states with the highest number of cases are Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos.
The NCDC DG urged Nigerians who feel ill or have a sudden rash, to visit a hospital for diagnosis and management
Monkeypox is caused by a virus and it related to smallpox, It causes less severe illness than smallpox, but is still quite dangerous which occurs mostly in central and western Africa. It is called monkeypox because it was first identified in laboratory monkeys.