Health authorities in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, detected so far this year 21 cases of infection with virus Monkeypox (monkeypox), one of which resulted in death.
Abuja, Nigeria (SN) | “Since May 29, 2022, we confirmed a total of 21 cases (of Monkeypox) and one death in nine states” in the country, said the Director of the Nigerian Disease Control Center (NCDC, its acronym in English), Ifedayo Adetifa , in a statement issued at the end of the day Sunday and reported today in the local media.
The patient who died, added the official, was a 40-year-old man who suffered from other diseases.
“So far, all cases were confirmed as being caused by variant Monkeypox of West Africa,” he added.
According to Ifedayo Adetifa, “although the risk of exposure to Nigeria Monkeypox is high (…), the current situation in the country and the world proved not to be a significant threat to life or to the communities.”
Still, the NCDC advised Nigerians to “adhere to public health security measures” and “to report to the nearest health center if they experience symptoms” of the disease.
These figures were released following the activation of the National Operations Center for Monkeypox (MPX-EOC) by health authorities Nigerian last Thursday, a public health unit which aims to “strengthen and coordinate the ongoing response in the country and contribute to the global response. “
The unit is framed in a “national surveillance system” that Nigeria established in 2017 in response to an outbreak of Monkeypox with more than 500 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO pointed out so far the occurrence of at least 46 infections Monkeypox in Nigeria since the beginning of this year until April 30, more than double the cases reported now by NCDC.
The alarm caused by more than 250 cases of monkeypox detected in countries where the disease is not endemic in contrast to the situation in Africa, a continent that is familiar with the virus for more than five decades.
All countries where Monkeypox is endemic are African: Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan South and Ghana, and in the latter country only been identified in animals.
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