Monkeypox virus spreads to Ogun, Lagos, five other states

11 quarantined following monkeypox outbreak in Bayelsa

The dreaded monkeypox virus has spread to Ogun, and six other states.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) who made this known in Abuja, listed other states as Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Lagos.

The centre’s chief executive officer, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said 31 cases have been recorded, but no death reported.

An emergency operation centre, according to him, has been set up to investigate the cases.

“All the suspected cases are currently receiving appropriate medical care and the patients are all improving clinically in their various states.

“The Federal Ministry of Health, through the NCDC, is supporting the affected states to ensure the outbreak is brought under control and to limit further spread.
“NCDC has activated an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) to coordinate the outbreak’s investigation and response across the affected states.

“The EOC is currently supporting state ministries of health in their response to the outbreak through active case finding, epidemiological investigation and contact tracing.

“Measures have been put in place to ensure effective sample collection and testing to enable laboratory confirmation.

“Risk communication activities have been heightened to advise the public on preventive measures. All 36 states and the FCT have been notified for preparedness,” he said.

Reacting to the report, Ogun State health commissioner, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, told Rockcity FM that the story is not true, as the state is yet to record any suspected case of the virus, across the state.

Ipaye said he will address newsmen on the disease today.

Meanwhile, Lagos State government has announced the discovery of the disease in Lagos State.

The state health commissioner, Dr. Jide Idris, said the two suspected cases of the disease were discovered at private hospitals in Lagos.

Idris said the two cases have not been confirmed, but the suspects are under investigation.

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