By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that 31 suspected cases of monkey pox have so far been reported in seven states across the country.
The National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu made this known in Abuja.
According to Ihekweazu, following the notification of a suspected monkey pox outbreak on September 22, 2017 in Bayelsa, other suspected cases have been reported from six more states.
He listed the affected states as Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross Rivers.
He said that samples had been collected from each suspected case for laboratory confirmation.
Ihekweazu further said that the Federal Ministry of Health, through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was supporting the affected states to ensure the outbreak is brought under control and to limit further spread.
Monkeypox according to the World Health Organization is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms in humans like those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although less severe.
Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from 14 to 21 days.
Severe cases occur more commonly among children and are related to the extent of virus exposure, patient health status and severity of complications.