Monkeypox in Nigeria

The first death from monkeypox disease in Nigeria has been reported since the beginning of the year 2022, according to the country’s disease outbreak management agency.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 21 cases in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory in the last five months (FCT).

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Adamawa has five, Lagos has four, Bayelsa has two, Delta has two, Cross River has two, Federal Capital Territory has two, Kano has two, Imo has one, and Rivers has one.

 

“A 40-year-old patient with underlying co-morbidity and immunosuppressive medications died,” NCDC Director-General Dr Ifedayo Adetifa said in a statement on Sunday.

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“At NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, genomic surveillance is ongoing, and all of the cases have been confirmed to be caused by West Africa clade Monkeypox virus so far.”

 

“There has been no evidence of any new or unusual transmission of the virus, nor changes in its clinical manifestation (including symptoms, profile, and virulence) among the 21 cases reported so far in 2022.”

 

Last Thursday, the NCDC activated a national multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre for Monkeypox (MPX-EOC) at level two to strengthen and coordinate ongoing response activities in-country while also contributing to the global response, according to Adetifa.

 

He explained that this was based on the findings of a preliminary risk assessment conducted by a group of NCDC Subject Matter Experts, as well as relevant government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, and partner agencies.

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According to the NCDC chief, a multi-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) coordinated at the NCDC led Nigeria’s efforts to improve monkeypox detection, prevention, and control prior to the activation of the MPX-EOC.

Nigeria’s national surveillance system, the Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS), was first deployed in response to the 2017 monkeypox outbreak to improve the timeliness and completeness of case reporting, as well as to streamline the overall response, according to him.

“Moreover, this pilot project informed the nationwide scale-up of SORMAS to enable real-time reporting of surveillance data for prompt public health response to infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19,” Adetifa said.

“Following the detection of the index case on September 22, 2017, and the successful containment of the 2017 outbreak in Nigeria, the NCDC worked on various interventions through the Monkeypox TWG to gain a better understanding of the virus’s epidemiology to inform preparedness and response in-country,” according to the NCDC.

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According to a recent risk assessment conducted by the NCDC, Nigeria’s risk of exposure to the monkeypox virus is high.

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The EOC, on the other hand, stated that the current situation in the country and around the world poses no significant threat to life or the community that could result in severe disease or a high case fatality rate, and that it would continue to monitor the situation in order to inform public health action.Monkeypox in Nigeria

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Sudden fever, headache, body pain, weakness, sore throat, enlargement of glands (lymph nodes) in the neck and under the jaw, and 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 are all symptoms of monkeypox.

The NCDC emphasized that people should be aware of the risk of monkeypox, follow public health precautions, and report to the nearest health facility if they notice the disease’s known signs and symptoms.

Healthcare workers were also advised to keep a high index of suspicion for monkeypox and report any suspected cases to the appropriate state Epidemiology Team for immediate public health intervention, including sample collection for confirmatory testing.

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