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Lagos, Edo top list as NCDC records 21 monkeypox cases in one week

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 21 new cases of monkeypox have been recorded across the country within the last seven days.

“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017 to August this year, a total of 1,116 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states.

“Of the 1,116 suspected cases, there have been 467 (41.8 per cent) confirmed (309 male, 158 female) from 32 states” a statement on the NCDC website partly read.

Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease (i.e. an infection transmitted from animals to humans) that occurs sporadically, primarily in remote villages of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.