Four of the reported infections in Lagos have tested
negative for monkey pox virus.
“We expect that many of these cases being
reported from other states in Nigeria are not
caused by the Monkeypox virus, but we will
continue to investigate all those cases that fit the
case definition,” said Adewole.
“Further laboratory tests using whole genome
sequencing are being carried out by the Africa
Centre for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in
Redeemers University Ede, Ogun State.
“It is important to note that there has been no
confirmation of Monkeypox in any other part of the
country, and it is likely that many of the other cases
being reported are not caused by the monkey pox
virus. Nigerians should continue to be vigilant at all
times,” he noted.
All suspected patients reported to date are
recovering, officials said, noting five of them have
been removed from hospitalization in Bayelsa, even
before the confirmation came in this week.
The viral disease has no specific treatment, but
recovery is certain when it is caught early on and
patients placed in supportive management and care
to treat symptoms.
Monkey pox begins with fever, headache, muscle
aches, and exhaustion before the rash on face,
palms and soles appears and lymph nodes swell.
The incubation period (time from infection to
symptoms) for is usually 7-14 days but can range
from 5-21 days.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has issued
an advisory to help prevent spread of monkey pox
virus. It advises avoiding contact with squirrels,
rats and similar animals, especially when these
animals are sick or found dead in areas where the
monkey pox virus is circulating.
The public is advised to always wash hands with
soap and water after contact with animals or when
caring for sick relatives, it adds.