Nigeria health officials reported an additional 10 suspected monkeypox cases during the past month, according to a recent Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Situation Report.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

The ten new suspected cases of monkeypox were reported from Ebonyi (4), Rivers (2), Bayelsa (4) states.

A total of 86 cases have been reported in 2018 from 16 States (Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Oyo, Abia, Anambra, Plateau and the FCT); 38 are confirmed, one probable, ten awaiting results, and two deaths.

One hundred and sixteen (116) confirmed and 280 suspected cases have been recorded from the beginning of the outbreak in September 2017.

The NCDC is following up closely with the Ministry of Health Israel following the report of a confirmed monkeypox case in Israel on 13 October with a travel history from Nigeria.

Thirteen contacts of the first UK confirmed case were followed up in Nigeria for a period of 21 days. None became symptomatic. NCDC continued to collaborate with PHE to investigate and strengthen control measures related to the two cases confirmed in UK.