The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has, in its latest report on the Monkeypox situation, announced the discovery of 10 fresh cases predominantly in the southern region of Nigeria.
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The report by NCDC listed the states in which the 10 fresh cases of Monkeypox were positive; Edo 2, Rivers 2, Plateau 2, Lagos 2, Ondo 1 and Imo 1. The report holds for a period of epidemiological week 22, from May 29 to June 5, 2022.
NCDC’s report giving an overview of the Monkeypox situation in Africa’s most populous country said “from January 1 to 5 June 2022, there have been 110 suspected cases in total and 31 confirmed cases from 12 states.” They have also recorded one death; a “40-year-old man, with co-morbidity that was receiving immunosuppressive drugs.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded Monkeypox infections since 13 May 2022 from 28 Member States across four WHO regions, including the region of the Americas, the European region, Eastern Mediterranean, and Western Pacific Regions. These regions are countries without a previous history of Monkeypox.
- As of 8 June 2022, WHO statistics show that since the start of the year the countries with the highest cases amongst the four regions mentioned above includes the United Kingdom with 321, Spain with 259, Portugal with 191, Germany with 113, and Canada with 110.
- In the African region, data from January 2022 till 8th June shows Nigeria has 31 confirmed cases, Democratic Republic of the Congo has 10 confirmed cases, Central African Republic with 8 cases and Ghana with 5 confirmed cases, etc. Democratic Republic of the Congo has the highest deaths in the region with 64 deaths.
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