Nigerian Centre for Disease Control lab. operators Photo: Twitter: NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 31 suspected cases of monkeypox have so far been reported in seven states across the country.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, made this known on Monday in Abuja.

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According to Ihekweazu, following the notification of a suspected monkeypox outbreak on 22 September, 2017, in Bayelsa state, other suspected cases have been reported from six more states.

He listed the other affected states as Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River.

Ihekweazu said samples had been collected from each suspected case for laboratory confirmation.

“Results are still being awaited. So far, there have been no deaths recorded,” he added.

“It is unlikely that many of the suspected cases are actually monkey pox, but all are being investigated.

“All the suspected cases are currently receiving appropriate medical care, and the patients are all improving clinically in their various states.’’