Between January 1 and May 29, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 66 probable cases of monkeypox in the country.
It was reported that 21 suspected cases were confirmed in nine states, with Adamawa leading the way, followed by Lagos with 4, Cross River with 2, FCT with 2, Kano with 2, Delta with 2, Bayelsa with 2, Rivers with 1, and Imo with 1.
The NCDC reported one death in a 40-year-old male with renal co-morbidity and immunosuppressive medications.
“Twenty (20) new suspected cases were recorded in 11 states in May 2022: Lagos (5), Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), Federal Capital Territory (2), Delta (1), Oyo (1), Kaduna (1), Edo (1), and Gombe” (1).
This is a 100 percent increase in case reporting compared to April 2022, when 10 new cases were reported, and is likely the result of continuous efforts to raise awareness and improve surveillance.
The six (6) additional confirmed positive cases in May 2022 (out of the twenty (20) suspected cases) were confirmed in four (4) states: Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Lagos (1), and Rivers.
The NCDC reported activating the National Multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre at level 2 in order to continue coordinating current response efforts.