Monkeypox Disease: NCDC Confirms 15 New Cases in Nigeria
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it has confirmed 15 new cases of Monkeypox disease and registered 59 suspected cases of the Monkeypox disease in Nigeria.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this on Tuesday, July 20, while reacting to the Dallas, Texas resident who recently returned from Nigeria and tested positive for the Monkeypox disease.
The laboratory test results confirmed that the patient was infected with a strain of the virus mainly seen in West Africa, which included Nigeria. However, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu told NAN that just as the agency responded to other epidemic-prone diseases in the country, an outbreak would be declared in the country when there was a large number of monkeypox cases that constituted an emergency.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria was notified of the situation in Dallas Texas, through the International Health Regulations (IHR), who reported a case of monkeypox disease diagnosed in a patient who had recently visited Nigeria.
Since the re-emergence of monkeypox in Nigeria in September 2017, the NCDC has continued to receive reports and responses to sporadic cases of the disease from states across the country.
We have been working closely with state health ministries to strengthen monkeypox disease surveillance and response in the country,” he said.