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How patient with monkeypox travelled to Lagos, Delta –NCDC

by James Davies

Lara Adejoro

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has disclosed how an individual, who is a United Kingdom resident with monkeypox arrived in Nigeria and travelled to Lagos and Delta states.

Confirming the case of Monkeypox on Thursday in a statement obtained by PUNCH HealthWise, the NCDC said the individual spent 13 days in the country.

The agency said the individual arrived in Nigeria on April 20, 2022, and visited Lagos and Delta States during the time spent in the country.

The individual departed Lagos on May 3, 2022, and arrived in the UK on 4th May 2022. 

“While in Nigeria, the case did not report being in contact with anyone with symptoms of monkeypox or other illness with rash. The diagnosis of monkeypox (West African clade) was confirmed by PCR in the UK on 6th May 2022. The patient is currently stable and receiving care in the UK,” the NCDC noted.

It, however, said it is investigating the incident in collaboration with the Lagos and Delta State Ministries of Health. 

“In addition, the Monkeypox Technical Working Group comprising the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), US Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) and coordinated by the NCDC is collaborating to strengthen in-country capacity to prevent, detect and respond to Monkeypox cases in the country,” it added.

NCDC said a total of 558 cases and eight deaths have been confirmed from 22 states since the re-emergence of monkeypox in Nigeria between September 2017 and April 30, 2022.

Of these, 15 cases have been confirmed in 2022 alone.

The agency said the cases recorded in 2022 do not constitute an outbreak and the highest number of cases have been reported from states in the South-South region of Nigeria.

Monkeypox is a virus that is spread primarily from animals to humans, with symptoms such as fever, headache, body pain, malaise, enlargement of glands (lymphadenopathy), sore throat and fluid-filled body rashes (vesicular rash). This may last for two to four weeks. Transmission is via direct contact with infected animals, humans, or contaminated materials. The virus does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission to the wider public is very low.

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