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General News of Wednesday, 21 July 2021


15 cases of monkeypox confirmed in Nigeria - NCDC

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has announced that there are 59 suspected cases of Monkeypox with 15 confirmed in the country.

Ihekweazu who disclosed this while reacting to a report of a United States resident testing positive for the disease after arriving in the North-American country from Nigeria said an outbreak would be declared when there is a large cluster of monkeypox cases that constituted an emergency.

Revealing that the NCDC has been working with state health ministries to strengthen monkeypox disease surveillance and response in the country, Ihekweazu also disclosed that states with the highest number of cases are Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos.

The NCDC DG urged Nigerians who feel ill or have a sudden rash, to visit a hospital for diagnosis and management

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