By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Nigerian health officials reported two additional confirmed monkeypox cases in December 2019, one each in Rivers and Imo states, bringing the total for the year to 46 confirmed cases for 2019.
No death recorded in the reporting month. One monkeypox fatality was reported in 2019.
Four states (Lagos, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa) accounted for 85 percent of the confirmed cases in Nigeria
One case of monkeypox was confirmed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2019 in a traveler from Nigeria.
Additionally, two monkeypox cases were confirmed in the United Kingdom and Singapore in travelers from Nigeria during the year. The two cases had travelled to Delta state and departed Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs throughout remote parts of Central and West Africa, often near tropical rain forests. Fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion are followed by a rash. Patients are usually ill for 2–4 weeks. Monkeypox is fatal in as many as 10% of people who get it.
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