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Lagos, Delta, Rivers have more cases of monkeypox in Nigeria – NCDC

Lagos, Delta, Rivers have more cases of monkeypox in Nigeria - NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said in a latest report that Lagos has the highest number monkeypox disease in the country with 29 reported cases and 11 confirmed ones.

Delta State follows with 14 reported cases and 10 confirmed cases. Rivers has 15 reported cases and seven confirmed; while Bayelsa has nine reported cases with six confirmed.

The Centre said Nigeria has 81 reported cases and 39 confirmed cases spreading across 13 states namely Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Enugu, Cross River, Oyo, FCT, Bauchi, Zamfara, Borno and Plateau.

The NCDC,  in the document titled: “Nigeria Monkeypox Monthly Situation Report,” said there were 15 suspected cases and five confirmed ones in September.

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It said: “Nigeria continues to report sporadic cases of monkeypox after the index case was reported two years ago (September 2017).

“No death recorded in the reporting month.”

In the interim, Nigeria has listed monkeypox as a priority disease for routine reporting.

“To that effect, ‘animal surveillance will be conducted in Lagos State in October 2019, while the result of animal surveillance carried out in four states (Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Edo) are being awaited.”

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