Monkeypox spreads to 32 states, Cases now 604

The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country has increased to 604, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

This is even as the suspected cases stand at 1,549 from January 1 to October 30, 2022.

The situation report for week 43 obtained by LN247 showed that the disease has spread to 31 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It also noted that the total number of deaths from the disease so far in 2022, is seven.

Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease (i.e. an infection transmitted from animals to humans) that occurs sporadically, primarily in remote villages of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. It is caused by the monkeypox virus which belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.

The report read in part “Ninety (90) new suspected cases reported in Epi week 43, 2022 (24th to 30th October 2022) from sixteen (16) states and FCT – Plateau (20), Lagos (14), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Abia (7), FCT (5), Kaduna (5), Anambra (4), Ondo (4), Delta (3), Adamawa (2), Benue (2), Osun (2), Ogun (2), Edo (1), Niger (1) and Jigawa (1).

“Of these suspected cases, nineteen (19) new confirmed cases have been recorded in Epi week 43 from eight (8) states and FCT – Lagos (6), Bayelsa (3), Delta (2), Imo (2), Kaduna (2), Abia (1), FCT (1), Ogun (1) and Plateau (1).

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“From 1st January to 30th October 2022, Nigeria has recorded 1549 suspected cases with 604 confirmed cases (397 male, 207 female) from thirty-one (31) states and FCT – Lagos (154), Abia (46), Bayelsa (36), Imo (33), Rivers (31), Ondo (30), Ogun (28), Delta (26), Edo (21), Anambra (21), FCT (19), Adamawa (16), Nasarawa (14), Plateau (13), Kaduna (12), Akwa Ibom (11), Benue (10), Oyo (10), Ebonyi (9), Cross River (9), Kwara (8), Borno (8), Katsina (8), Taraba (7), Gombe (6), Kano (5), Kogi (4), Osun (4), Kebbi (2), Niger (1), Bauchi (1) and Enugu (1).

“Seven (7) associated deaths were recorded from 7 states in 2022 – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1) and Akwa Ibom (1), Kogi (1), Taraba (1) and Imo (1). CFR 1.2%.

“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017, 2061 suspected cases have been reported from 36 states and FCT in the country with 830 (40.3%) confirmed (550 male, 280 female) from 32 states and FCT – Lagos (184), Rivers (83), Bayelsa (76), Delta (55), Abia (49), Imo (41), Edo (31), Ondo (30), Ogun (29), FCT (25), Cross River (23), Anambra (23), Akwa Ibom (18), Adamawa (16), Oyo (16), Nasarawa (16), Plateau (16), Benue (12), Kaduna (12), Ebonyi (10), Kwara (8), Borno (8), Katsina (8), Taraba (7), Gombe (6), Kano (5), Enugu (5), Kogi (4), Osun (4), Ekiti (2), Niger (2), Kebbi (2) and Bauchi (1).

“Fifteen (15) deaths have been recorded since September 2017 (CFR= 1.8%) in eleven states – Lagos (3), Edo (2), Imo (2), Cross River (1), FCT (1), Rivers (1), Ondo (1) Delta (1), Akwa Ibom (1), Taraba (1) and Kogi (1).”

Meanwhile, the NCDC has warned against self-medication in treating monkeypox.

“Visit a healthcare facility close to you for accurate diagnosis and treatment when you observe any symptoms associated with monkeypox,” it said.

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