The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported that the ravaging monkeypox virus which was recently detected in Nigeria has finally spread to fifteen states in eight weeks.
The Monkeypox virus which has been described as a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease which is known to spread from animals to humans occurs mostly in isolated towns in Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.
According to the statistics by NCDC’s most recent Monkeypox situation report, nearly 36 cases have already been confirmed in 15 states
Lagos (7), Adamawa (5), Delta (3), River (3), Cross River (2), FCT (2), Kano (2), Bayelsa (2), Edo (2), Imo (2), Plateau (2), Nasarawa (1), Niger (1), Oyo (1), and Ondo (1) are among the states with confirmed cases. The agency also repirted that from January 1 to June 12, 2022, there had been 141 suspected cases so far.
Other countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy are also battling the viral disease.
Health workers who are in direct contact with the patients are hereby advised to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the treatment of infected persons to avoid the spread of the disease and the members of the public are urged to report promptly the cases of stooling and vomiting to the nearest health facility.