Monkeypox disease: One dead, as NCDC confirms 66 suspected cases nationwide


Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that no fewer than 66 suspected cases of monkeypox disease have been reported in Nigeria.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire

The NCDC disclosed this on Sunday night in the latest monkeypox situation report that, 21 monkeypox cases had been confirmed, only a single death had so far been reported.

A total of 66 suspected cases have been reported between January 1st to May 29th, 2022. Of the suspected cases, 21 were confirmed from nine (9) states – Adamawa (5), Lagos (4), Cross River (2), FCT (2), Kano (2), Delta (2), Bayelsa (2), River (1) and Imo (1) – with 1 death recorded. This was in a 40yrs man with renal co-morbidity and on immune-suppressive drugs.

“The twenty (20) new suspected cases in May 2022 were reported from 11 states – Lagos (5), Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), FCT (2), Delta (1), Oyo (1), Kaduna (1), Edo (1) and Gombe (1).

“This is a 100% increase in case reporting as compared with April 2022, when 10 new cases were reported, and is likely due to ongoing efforts to increase awareness and improve surveillance.

“The six new confirmed positive cases out of the 20 suspected cases in May 2022 were confirmed from four (4) states – Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Lagos (1), and Rivers (1),” the agency stated.

The NCDC noted that it had activated the National Multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre at level 2.

The EOC will continue to coordinate ongoing response activities in the country while contributing to the global response.