Nigeria records 558 cases, eight deaths in five years

Some 72 hours after UK health authorities announced that a traveler from Nigeria had tested positive for monkeypox infection, the Nigerian government has provided statistics of disease cases and deaths in the country in the last five years. The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in its latest report said that the country registered 558 cases and eight deaths in 32 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between 2017 and 2022. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed a Monkeypox infection in an unidentified individual over the weekend which is believed to have been contracted in Nigeria before arriving in the UK. Without disclosing the patient’s identity, UKHSA, in a post on the UK government’s official website, said the patient is receiving care in an infectious disease unit. Monkeypox in Nigeria The NCDC in the latest epidemiological summary on monkeypox released on Monday noted that since September 2017, Nigeria has continued to report sporadic cases of the disease. He said a National Technical Working Group (TWG) has been established and tasked with monitoring infections and strengthening preparedness and response capacity. The Center for Disease Control noted that there have been eight deaths with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 3.3 percent in six states: Edo (2), Lagos (2), Imo (1), Cross River (1 ), FCT (1) and Ríos (1) – from September 2017 to April 30, 2022. Breaking down the cases, the center said a total of 13 suspected cases were reported between January 1 and February 28, 2022. Of these suspected cases, the NCDC said four were confirmed positive in three states and the FCT with one case each. He also said that in February six new suspected cases were registered in three states and Bayelsa registered three; Omo, two; and Lakes, one. The NCDC said only the suspected case in Lagos tested positive after test results were released. The agency in charge of the disease also noted that, from September 2017 to February 2022, a total of 525 suspected cases had been reported in 32 states of the country. Of these reported cases, NCDC said that a total of 230, representing 43.8 percent, had been confirmed in 20 states and the FCT. He noted that Rivers state topped the list with 52 cases, followed by Bayelsa and Lagos states with 43 and 31 cases, respectively. While the FCT recorded seven cases, the other states are Delta (29), Cross River (14), Edo (10), Imo (9), Akwa Ibom (7), Oyo (6), Enugu (4), Abia (3), Plateau (3), Nasarawa (2), Benue (2), Anambra (2), Ekiti (2), Ebonyi (1), Niger (1), Ogun (1), and Adamawa (1). A total of eight (8) deaths (CFR = 3.5 percent) were recorded in six states, namely Edo (2), Lagos (2), Imo (1), Cross River (1), FCT (1 ) and Rivers (1) from September 2017 to February 28, 2022. More about the infection For his part, the director of clinical and emerging infections of the UKHSA, Colin Brown, explained that monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people. “It is usually a mild self-limited illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe disease can occur in some people.” He said: “The infection can spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person; however, there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population. “Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. A rash can develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which then falls off.” He added that the UKHSA and the NHS have robust and well-established infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious diseases and that the protocol will be strictly followed. About monkeypox According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mmonkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a smallpox-like disease occurred in research monkey colonies, hence the name ‘Monkeypox’. The first human case of monkeypox was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during a period of intensifying efforts to eliminate smallpox. Since then, monkeypox has been reported in people from several other West and Central African countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. . Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigeria records 558 cases, eight deaths in five years