In a follow-up on the two imported monkeypox cases from Nigeria reported in the past week in England, Nigerian health officials (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control- NCDC) report they are working with the UK’s public health agency; Public Health England (PHE), the public health departments in the affected states and other partners in Nigeria to investigate these cases.
The NCDC has also been working closely with states across the country to strengthen surveillance, detection and response to cases of Monkeypox.
A Technical Working Group coordinated by NCDC and comprising of partners from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) and other agencies, meet weekly to ensure coordination.
Since the re-emergence of Monkeypox in Nigeria in September 2017, NCDC has continued to receive reports and respond to cases of the disease from states across the country. Between September 2017 when the outbreak started and 31st of August 2018, a total of 262 suspected cases had been reported from 26 states. Of these, 113 have been confirmed in 16 states with seven deaths. The highest number of cases have been reported from states in the South-South region of Nigeria.
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