By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Health officials in Nigeria continue to report monkeypox in 2019. During the month of November, eight cases were reported (7 suspected and one confirmed (Oyo State). No deaths were recorded in November.
In 2019, 106 suspected cases have been reported thus far of which 44 were confirmed in nine states (Bayelsa, Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Akwa ibom, Enugu, Anambra, Cross River, and Oyo). One death was recorded in a case in Lagos state.
The majority of confirmed cases (86%) are recorded in four states–Lagos (32%), Delta (23%),
Rivers (16%) and Bayelsa(1%) states.
Since the monkeypox outbreak began in September 2017 in Nigeria, a total of 181 confirmed cases and nine deaths have been recorded in 18 states (Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Delta, Bauchi, FCT, Abia, Oyo, Enugu, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau, Edo, Anambra)
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.