This reference sheet provides an overview of monkeypox including etiology, transmission, and control.
Sequencing equipment sped up response time. It took less than two months to generate testing results that could be used to help control the outbreak.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported the first monkeypox death in the current outbreak, along with five additional confirmed cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 61.
Nigerian health officials reported 14 new confirmed monkeypox cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 56.
A total of 116 suspected cases were recorded from 20 States and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Congolese government invited US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers to the Congo Republic to track monkeypox and train local scientists.
The State Commissioner of Health stressed that two of the confirmed cases were not fresh cases, but older cases that had been unconfirmed.
Eleven Nigerian states have been affected by monkeypox, with 94 reported cases.
The present monkeypox outbreak makes it the 46th year since Nigeria first experienced monkeypox, but the country is yet to have a laboratory for treating the virus.
The three patients are currently under intensive medical care, and surveillance officers in the state’s 25 local government have been put on alert.