Nigeria confirms new monkeypox cases

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The Nigerian government has confirmed six additional cases of monkeypox.

The cases are amongst those sent to the World Health Organisation’s laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, a statement by the country’s Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, said two cases each were confirmed in Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom States, one each in Enugu State and Abuja.

Government had earlier confirmed three on 16 October.

Ehanire said investigation were ongoing to establish whether the new cases emanated from Bayelsa where the outbreak started.

However, there are 94 suspected cases reported from 11 states, namely Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The minister said the new patients were already being managed by public health authorities and are receiving appropriate clinical care since the outset of their illness.

© Daily Post

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