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 Monkeypox symptoms

133 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in 26 states.

This was announced in the NCDC's most recent monkeypox situation report, which was made public on Thursday.

An uncommon viral zoonotic infectious illness that spreads from animals to humans, monkeypox is most frequently found in isolated communities in Central and West Africa that are close to tropical rainforests.

Nigeria is one of the African nations where the illness is endemic.

According to the agency, three deaths were reported in three states between January and July 24, 2022: Delta (1), Lagos (1), and Ondo (1).

A minimum of 357 confirmed cases of the disease were also indicated by the report.

A portion of the report stated, "There were 19 new suspected reported cases in Epi week 29, 2022 (July 18 to 24, 2022) from 12 states, including Ondo (4), Bayelsa (3), Taraba (2), Lagos (2), Rivers (1), Kogi (1), Kano (1), Imo (1), Delta (1), Anambra (1), Akwa Ibom (1), and Abia (1). (1).

"In Epi Week 29, 2022, there were 15 new proven positive cases from 10 states, including Ondo (3), Taraba (2), Lagos (2), Bayelsa (2), Rivers (1), Kogi (1), Imo (1), Delta (1), Anambra (1), and Abia, out of 19 suspected cases (1)

From January 1 to July 24, 2022, there have been 357 cases reported and 133 confirmed cases (89 male, 44 female) from 26 states, including Lagos (17), Adamawa (11), Delta (11), Rivers (10), Bayelsa (10), Ondo (9), Edo (8), Nasarawa (7), Plateau ( 6), FCT (5), Anambra (5), Taraba (5), Imo (4), Cross River (3), Borno (3), Oyo (3), Kano (2).

Three deaths were reported from the states of Ondo, Lagos, and Delta (1)

"In total, 869 probable cases have been identified from 35 states nationwide during the time that monkeypox first reappeared in September 2017 until July 24, 2022.

"Of these 869 cases reported, 359 (41.3%) confirmed cases have been identified (237 male, 122 female) from 30 states, including Rivers (62), Bayelsa (53), Lagos (47), Delta (40), Edo (18), Cross River (17), Imo (12), FCT (11), Adamawa (11), Ondo (9), Nasarawa (9), Oyo (9), Plateau (9), Akwa Ibom (8), Anambra (7), Taraba (5), (1).

A total of 11 deaths (CFR= 3.0%) in eight states, including Lagos (3), Edo (2), Imo (1), Cross River (1), FCT (1), Rivers (1), Ondo (1), and Delta (1), have been reported between September 2017 and July 24, 2022.

The NCDC observed that initiatives to improve surveillance at the subnational and national levels are still in progress.

Obinna Chukwudi, a medical laboratory scientist at the Department of Microbiology at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, Anambra State, has given the government a mission concerning the availability and manufacture of vaccines.

The greatest course of action right now, according to Chukwudi, is to ensure that immunizations are accessible because you can never be too careful. The government must make sure that everyone receives the recommended vaccinations in order to control the infection, and the earlier we begin the immunization program, the better for everyone.

"Because of the disease's ongoing mutagenesis, it is a re-emerging disease, making it much more hazardous than before. Establish a task force group to make sure people are immunized so we may have fewer casualties among us. The government must make sure that every state in the nation has access to vaccines.

We have the human resources to create vaccines in this country because we have done it in the past, but there is not enough political will to do it.

Additionally, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the recent past president of the National Association of Resident Doctors, encouraged the Federal Government to increase financing for the healthcare industry.

If there is enough financing, local experts can manufacture vaccines rather than relying on external organizations, he added.



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