The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has stated that the country registered 49 confirmed cases and no new death from Monkeypox (Mpox) cases.
The NCDC, via its official website on Thursday, December 29 said that this was a 9 per cent increase in the number of new confirmed cases when compared to the last report.
The NCDC said its figures were from a test carried out on December 23. Monkeypox has been renamed to Mpox by the World Health Organization to avoid the racist and stigmatising language used for the disease that originated in Africa.
The NCDC said that the cumulative case in the country is 753 confirmed and seven deaths with a case-fatality ratio (CFR) of one per cent were reported from 36 states and the federal capital territory (FCT)
. The NCDC said that the country has been witnessing a rise in Mpox cases, noting that the agency is ramping up control measures to curb the transmission of the virus.
Mpox, a virus with symptoms like those of long-eradicated smallpox, although less severe, has been present in Nigeria since 2017.
As of December 23, 2022, 83,483 confirmed cases of Mpox and 275 deaths were reported from 110 countries/territories globally.