Ebonyi records first monkeypox case


Ebonyi State government, yesterday, said the state has recorded its first case of monkeypox.

Briefing journalists in Abakaliki on the development, the Commissioner for Health,  Daniel Umezurike, said the affected person, a 32-year-old man, who hails from Ugwulangwu Onicha Local Council, was receiving treatment at the state isolation centre.

Upon examination, he was found to have developed fever, maculopapular rash, sore throat, headache and generalized weakness of the body following which a presumptive diagnosis of monkeypox was made.

While urging residents not to panic, the health commissioner said a close monitoring of the situation is ongoing, stressing that at this time there is no cause for alarm.

The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo when efforts were intensified to eliminate smallpox with a fatality rate of 1% to 10%.

Currently, Nigeria has 60 confirmed cases in 19 states of the country.

According to Umezurike, all relevant departments in Ebonyi State have been activated to coordinate the outbreak’s investigation and response across the 13 LGAs in the state.

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