According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) there were six cases of monkey virus and one death in the month of May. NCDC had said that there is more probability for Nigerians to catch the infection. They said this on the basis of a risk assessment that they conducted. NCDC had prepared a summary on Monkeypox. It was published on Sunday. The summary states that the Monkeypox cases were recorded starting from January 2022. The cases occur at a sporadic rate. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) states that the Monkeypox is caused by transmission of Monkey virus. It is a part of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the Poxviridae family.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the infection had come from West Africa and Central African countries. However, more cases of Monkeypox had also been reported in the other countries. Those countries include the UK, USA, Italy and Canada. However, from the start of this year till May 29, Twenty-one cases have been reported. The case occurred in nine states. Out of twenty-one cases, five cases were reported from Adamawa, four cases were reported from Lagos, two cases were reported from Baysela, two cases were reported from Delta, two cases were reported from Cross River, two cases were reported from Kano, one case was reported from Imo and one case was reported from rivers.
The one death that occurred was of a forty-year-old person who had other illnesses and he was already taking medication to suppress his immune system. Apart from the twenty cases. NCDC reports that they couldn’t find any more cases. They couldn’t find out uncommon transmission of the virus. Nor could they find any new virus. Also there were no changes in symptoms of the virus. A Technical Working Group (TWG) was created to monitor the infection and make necessary preparations to respond to it. The agency said that disease was being studied and monitored at NCDC National Reference Laboratory. This was in Abuja. The cases were confirmed to be of West African Monkeypox virus.
The agency stated “The TWG coordinated the development of national Monkeypox guidelines, capacity building of healthcare workers and surveillance officers on case detection, sample collection, laboratory testing for confirmation and sequencing of the virus at NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory.”
The agency’s job is to spread awareness about the virus to the people. They said that they will monitor the whole situation and report to public health action.
The agency added “Symptoms of monkeypox include sudden fever, headache, body pain, weakness, sore throat, enlargement of glands (lymph nodes) in the neck and under the jaw, followed by the appearance of a rash (often solid or fluid-filled at the onset) on the face, palms, soles of the feet, genitals and other parts of the body.”
The NCDC has asked the public to practice full caution and practice the guidelines provided to them so that they don’t catch the virus. People are advised to report to the nearby health facility if they feel some symptoms of the infection. The health care workers are also told to keep an eye on the people and report cases of infection as soon as they occur.