According to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), the number of instances of possibly having monkeypox in Lagos, Rivers, and other states will increase by one hundred percent in May 2022.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says that there is an increase in  Monkey Pox suspected cases of one hundred percent, ranging from ten in April to twenty in May 2022. This is an increase from 10 cases in April. According to the report, six of the incidents were investigated and found in various states like Lagos and Oyo among others.

On May 14, 2022, Nairametrics was the first company to disclose that two possible instances had been seen at the Lagos Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH).

The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) included the news of the 20 new cases in the summary report for the month of May that it released on Sunday.

According to the findings of the research, the 20 possible occurrences were found in 11 different states. Some of these states are Lagos, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Rivers, Niger, Oyo, Kaduna, Delta, Edo, and Gombe. Others include the Federal Capital Territory as well as the Federal Capital Region. 

The most important takeaways from the May report

Since September of 2017, Nigeria has been providing updates on sporadic cases of monkeypox. (MPX). The National Technical Working Group on Monkeypox, often known as the TWG, has been monitoring cases and working to improve preparation and response capacities.

Since the beginning of the year 2022, there have been a total of 66 instances that are being investigated as possible outbreaks. There was one death among the 21 cases that were confirmed in nine (9) states Adamawa (5), Lagos (4), Cross River (2), Federal Capital Territory (2), Kano (2), Delta (2), Bayelsa (2), River (1), and Imo (1). In May 2022, eleven (11) states reported twenty (20) new suspected cases – Lagos (5), Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), FCT (2), Delta (1), Oyo (1), Kaduna (1), Edo (1), and Gombe. This individual was forty years old, had renal co-morbidity, and was taking immunosuppressive medications (1). (1). Since April 2022, when 10 new cases were registered, there has been a one hundred percent rise in the number of cases reported. This is most likely linked to ongoing efforts to promote awareness and better surveillance.

In May 2022, there were a total of 20 suspected cases, but only six new confirmed positive cases were reported. These cases originated from the following states: Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Lagos (1), and Rivers (1). (1).

Between September 2017 and May 29th, 2022, there were a total of 578 suspected incidents documented in 32 states.

The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Take on the Virus

According to the announcement, “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) formed a national multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre for Monkeypox (MPX-EOC) at level 2 to strengthen and coordinate ongoing response operations in-country while contributing to the global response.”

“As on 29th of May 2022,  21 confirmed cases, including one fatality, have been reported from nine states and the FCT,” it was stated. “These cases have been reported from the following states: Adamawa (5), Lagos (4), Bayelsa (2), Delta (2), Cross River (2), FCT (2), Kano (2), Imo (1), and Rivers (1).” (1). A patient who was on immunosuppressive medicines and was 40 years old passed away. The patient had underlying co-morbidity ” Genomic surveillance is now being carried out at the NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, and all cases have been confirmed to be caused by West Africa clade Monkeypox virus as of this point. “There has been no sign of any unique or unusual viral propagation, or changes in its clinical presentation, symptoms, profile, and virulence among the 21 cases reported thus far in 2022,”

In the event that you failed to catch it the first time, allow me to repeat it here:

On May 26, 2022, Nairametrics made the announcement that two possible new cases of the Monkey Pox virus had been found at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Lagos. The IDH was the location where the cases were found.

This information was obtained by our analyst during his visit to the institution on May 14, 2022, at five o’clock in the afternoon. It was confirmed by one of the nurses working at the hospital, who requested to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the cases.

The two persons are allegedly being investigated right now, according to the source, while the laboratory test for the virus has not yet been finished.

Words said by the nurse “Two people (males) were carried to the hospital on Saturday with probable Monkey Pox symptoms,” she stated. The laboratory is now conducting a battery of diagnostic procedures on them in order to validate their state. In the event that these instances are confirmed, we will dispatch a group of surveillance agents to track the whereabouts of the persons in question in an effort to halt the further dissemination of the monkeypox virus.”

Lagos keeps silence 

Nairametrics was unable to corroborate the incidences despite their best attempts since the Information Commissioner, Gbenga Omotosho, would not respond to their questions.

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