By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Nigeria health officials reported five new confirmed monkeypox cases in September, as the country continues to report sporadic cases for the past two years.
In September, 15 new suspected monkeypox cases were reported from five States – Lagos (5), Rivers (2), Akwa Ibom (3), Zamfara (1), Delta (1), Imo (2) and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT(1).
Five of the 15 suspected cases were confirmed positive for monkeypox in three states Lagos(3), Rivers(1) and Akwa Ibom(1).
Five of the suspected cases tested positive for chickenpox while others are for further further evaluation.
No death recorded in the reporting month.
A total of 81 suspected cases have been reported so far in 2019 of which 39 confirmed cases were recorded in nine states (Bayelsa, Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Akwa ibom, Enugu, Anambra, Cross River, and Oyo) and one death.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs throughout remote parts of Central and West Africa, often near tropical rainforests. It is spread through contact with the monkeypox virus from an animal or human (alive or dead) or with materials contaminated with the virus.
Symptoms begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and exhaustion, and is 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.