Nigeria Records First Monkeypox Death In 2022
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recorded the first Monkeypox death in Nigeria. The NCDC said this as it reported at least 66 new suspected cases of monkeypox disease in 2022.
The NCDC declared this in its latest monkeypox situation report released in the middle of the year.
NCDC also noted that despite 21 confirmed monkeypox cases, only a single death had so far been recorded.
What is Monkeypox?
This is a rare disease caused by infection with the Monkeypox virus which belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.
According to the World Health Organisation, the virus is endemic to West and Central African countries.
Meanwhile, the disease is currently present in other parts of the world such as:
- The United States of America.
- The United Kingdom.
- Several others.
From January to May, the number of cases was:
Lagos – 4.
Cross River – 2.
FCT – 2.
Kano – 2.
Delta – 2.
Bayelsa – 2.
River – 1.
Imo – 1.
The NCDC wrote:
“A total of 66 suspected cases have been reported between January 1st to May 29th, 2022. Of the suspected cases, 21 were confirmed from nine (9) states – Adamawa (5), Lagos (4), Cross River (2), FCT (2), Kano (2), Delta (2), Bayelsa (2), River (1) and Imo (1) – with 1 death recorded. This was in a 40yrs man with renal co-morbidity and on immune-suppressive drugs.
“The twenty (20) new suspected cases in May 2022 were reported from 11 states – Lagos (5), Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), FCT (2), Delta (1), Oyo (1), Kaduna (1), Edo (1) and Gombe (1).
“This is a 100% increase in case reporting as compared with April 2022, when 10 new cases were reported, and is likely due to ongoing efforts to increase awareness and improve surveillance.
“The six (6) new confirmed positive cases (out of the 20 suspected cases) in May 2022 were confirmed from four (4) states – Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Lagos (1), and Rivers (1),” the agency stated.
In a report from PUNCH culled from September 2017 to May 29th, 2022, a total of 578 suspected cases have been reported from 32 states in the country.
The NCDC has directed the activated the National Multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre at level 2.
“This EOC will continue to coordinate ongoing response activities in the country while contributing to the global response.”
Source: PUNCH HealthWise