In a follow-up to the suspected monkeypox outbreak in several state in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports having received laboratory confirmation for Monkeypox virus from three cases Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa State.

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Confirmation was performed by the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.

There were 17 suspect cases from the state; however, 12 tested negative and two tests are still pending.

Since the initial announcement on Sep. 22, a total of 43 other SUSPECTED cases have been reported from eight other States (Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT).

Of these, four cases from Lagos have also been tested and confirmed to be negative for the Monkeypox virus. We expect that many of these cases being reported from other states in Nigeria are not caused by the Monkeypox virus, but we will continue to investigate all those cases that fit the case definition.

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Further laboratory tests using whole genome sequencing are being carried out by the Africa Centre for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University Ede, Ogun State.