NCDC national coordinator, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 12 cases of suspected Monkey Pox cases in Bayelsa State, with 32 close contacts of the cases placed under watch.

Disclosing this in a statement, the NCDC national coordinator, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said all the cases were currently receiving appropriate medical care and no death had been recorded.

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According to Ihekweazu, “On September 22, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, was notified of a case of suspected Monkey Pox. The case was identified in an 11-year-old male patient, who was presented to the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, NDUTH, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Subsequently, 11 other cases were identified.

“All the cases are currently receiving appropriate medical care. All the patients are improving clinically and there have been no deaths. As at October 1, 32 close contacts of the cases have been identified, advised appropriately and are being monitored.

“A Rapid Response Team from NCDC was immediately deployed to support the Bayelsa State Government in the investigations and public health response to the outbreak.”

According to the NCDC boss, health care workers are strongly advised to practice universal precautions while handling patients or body fluids at all times, while all suspected cases should be reported to the Local Government Area or State Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers.