Since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 21 cases of monkeypox in Nigeria, with one death reported.
“Among the 21 cases recorded thus far in 2022, there has been no evidence of any novel or atypical transmission of the virus, nor have there been any documented changes in its clinical manifestation (including symptoms, profile, and virulence),” the NCDC said in a statement released late on Sunday.
Monkeypox is endemic in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nigeria. It is a typically mild viral infection.
Since early May, more than 200 suspected and confirmed cases of the virus have been identified in at least 19 countries, primarily in Europe and the Middle East. No fatalities have been recorded as of yet.
According to the NCDC, of the 61 suspected instances of monkeypox reported since January, 21 have been confirmed, including the death of a 40-year-old male. The cases were reported in nine states including in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Rivers, Adamawa (5), Lagos (4), Bayelsa (2), Delta (2), Cross River (2), Federal Capital Territory (2), Kano (2), and Imo (1). (1).
The World Health Organization states that the disease originated in West and Central African nations.
However, it has been documented in other nations, including as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.
A 40-year-old patient with underlying co-morbidity who was on immunosuppressive drugs was reported to have died.
The NCDC noted that among the 21 cases reported thus far in 2022, there was no evidence of any new or atypical transmission of the virus, nor any documented alterations in its clinical appearance (including symptoms, profile and virulence).
This month, six of the cases were reportedly found.