The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has confirmed 157 cases of monkey pox in 26 states of the country.

The NCDC disclosed this in its latest monkey pox situation report for week 30.

Monkeypox is a rare animal-to-human viral zoonotic infectious disease that occurs sporadically, mainly in remote villages in Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.

Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa where the disease is endemic.

The agency said that from January 1 to July 31, 2022, four deaths were recorded from 4 states: Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

The report also showed that there were at least 413 suspected cases of the disease in the country.

The report read in part: “Fifty-six (56) new suspected cases were reported in Epi week 30, 2022 (July 25 to 31, 2022) from nineteen (19) states – Ondo (13), Plateau (8), Lagos (6) , Adamawa (4), Abia (3), Borno (3), Delta (2), Kano (3), Anambra (2), Bayelsa (2), Kwara (2), Akwa Ibom (1), Gombe (1 ), Imo (1), Nasarawa (1), Osun (1), Oyo (1), Rivers (1) and Taraba (1)

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“Of the fifty-six (56) suspected cases, twenty-four (24) were new confirmed positive cases in Epi week 30, 2022 from twelve (12) states – Ondo (5), Kano (3), Lagos (3), Abia ( 2), Adamawa (2), Bayelsa (2), Kwara (2), Delta (1), Anambra (1), Gombe (1), Rivers (1) and Nasarawa (1).

“From January 1 to July 31, 2022, there are now 413 suspected cases and 157 confirmed cases (105 men, 52 women) from twenty-six (26) states – Lagos (20), Ondo (14), Adamawa (13), Delta (12 ), Bayelsa (12), Rivers (11), Edo (8), Nasarawa (8), Plateau (6), Anambra (6), FCT (5), Taraba (5), Kwara (5) , Canoe (5 ), Imo (4), Cross River (3), Borno (3), Oyo (3), Abia (3), Gombe (3), Katsina (2), Kogi (2), Niger (1), Ogun ( 1), Bauchi (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

“Four deaths were recorded from 4 states: Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

“Overall, since the monkey pox resurgence in September 2017 and through July 31, 2022, a total of 925 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states in the country.”

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