The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 24 fresh Monkeypox cases in 19 states of the country.

This was disclosed in the agency’s Monkeypox situation report for week 30.

The fresh infections bring the country’s total number of confirmed cases between January 1 and July 31 to 157.

Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans that occur sporadically, primarily in remote villages of Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.

Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa where the disease is endemic.

NCDC said from January 1 to July 31, 2022, four deaths were recorded in four states – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1), and Akwa Ibom (1).

The report also showed that there were at least 413 suspected cases of the disease in the country.

The report partly reads, “There were fifty-six (56) new suspected cases reported in Epi week 30, 2022 (25th to 31st July 2022) from nineteen (19) states.

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Ondo (13)
Plateau (8)
Lagos (6)
Adamawa (4)
Abia (3)
Borno (3)
Delta (2)
Kano (3)
Anambra (2)
Bayelsa (2)
Kwara (2)
Akwa Ibom (1)
Gombe (1)
Imo (1)
Nasarawa (1)
Osun (1)
Oyo (1)
Rivers (1)
Taraba (1)

“Of fifty-six (56) suspected cases, there were twenty-four(24) new confirmed positive cases in Epi week 30, 2022 from twelve (12) states – Ondo (5), Kano (3), Lagos (3), Abia (2), Adamawa (2), Bayelsa (2), Kwara (2), Delta (1), Anambra (1), Gombe (1), Rivers (1) and Nasarawa (1).

“From 1st January to 31st July 2022, there have now been 413 suspected cases and 157 confirmed cases (105 male, 52 female) from twenty-six (26) states – Lagos (20), Ondo (14), Adamawa (13), Delta (12), Bayelsa (12), Rivers (11), Edo (8), Nasarawa (8), Plateau (6), Anambra (6), FCT (5), Taraba (5), Kwara (5), Kano (5), Imo (4), Cross River (3), Borno (3), Oyo (3), Abia (3), Gombe (3), Katsina (2), Kogi (2), Niger (1), Ogun (1), Bauchi (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

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“Four deaths were recorded from 4 states – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1), and Akwa Ibom (1).

“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017 and to 31st July 2022, a total of 925 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states in the country.”

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