THE Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC ) has said 10 additional monkeypox cases have been recorded in the last seven days in the country.
The NCDC disclosed this via its official website in its latest monkeypox situation report released on Friday, June 10, 2022.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that as global monkeypox cases continue to rise, public health officials and researchers are questioning whether the current outbreaks can be contained.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the situation was unlikely to escalate into a full-blown pandemic.
The NCDC said the 10 new cases were reported in epidemiological week 22, from May 29 to June 5.
It stated that between January 1 and June 5, the country had confirmed a total of 31 cases in 12 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The NCDC also confirmed that no fewer than 110 suspected cases of the disease had been reported, up from the previous 66 suspected cases.
The affected states are Adamawa 5, Lagos 6, Rivers 3, Cross River 2, FCT 2, Kano 2, Delta 2, Bayelsa 2, Edo 2, Imo 2, Plateau 2, and Ondo 1.
“One death was recorded in a 40-year-old man, with co-morbidity that was receiving immunosuppressive drugs.
“There were 10 new positive cases in Epi week 22, 2022, from six states – Edo 2, Rivers 2, Plateau 2, Lagos 2, Ondo 1 and Imo 1,” the NCDC said.
NAN recalls that cases of monkey pox, a rare, little-known disease, are being investigated in European countries, including the UK, as well as in the US, Canada and Australia.
In the UK, there have been more than 300 confirmed cases in recent weeks.
Infections are usually mild and the risk to the general population is low, but the UK government has bought stocks of smallpox vaccine to guard against monkeypox.
Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, a member of the same family of viruses as smallpox, although it is much less severe, and experts say chances of infection are low.
Monkeypox spreads through direct contact with body fluids or sores on the body of someone who has the disease, or with direct contact with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothings or linens.
It may also spread through respiratory secretions when people have close, face-to-face contact.
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