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Nigerian health officials reported four confirmed monkeypox cases through February 28 this year. The cases were reported from FCT, Imo, Adamawa and Lagos states.

Monkeypox Image/CDC

No deaths were reported.

Since September 2017, Nigeria has continued to report sporadic cases of monkeypox (525).

A total of eight(8) deaths have been recorded (CFR= 3.5%) in six states namely Edo (2), Lagos (2), Imo
(1), Cross River (1), FCT (1) and Rivers (1) from September 2017 to February 28th, 2022.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Monkeypox occurs throughout Central and West Africa, often near tropical rain forests.

People become infected with the monkeypox virus through contact with the bodily fluids of infected animals or humans (alive or dead), including respiratory droplets, or through contact with materials contaminated with the virus.

Symptoms include fever (≥100.4°F), headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a rash. Patients are usually ill for 2–4 weeks. Monkeypox is fatal in as many as 1 to 10% of people who become infected. Prior vaccination against smallpox may provide protection against monkeypox.