Monkeypox: NCDC Debunks Rumour Of Alleged New Outbreak

19 October 2019 Health National News News

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says there is no new outbreak of monkypox in Nigeria, contrary to report making rounds.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by NCDC Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, that since the first cases were reported in 2017, the centre had continued to record sporadic cases of monkeypox nearly every week across many states in Nigeria.

“We have continued to strengthen the capacity at state level for early detection and response to monkeypox cases, and have deployed Rapid Response Teams to support the states where necessary.”

In the last two years, NCDC has trained surveillance workers in states to identify and report suspected monkeypox cases early. We have also trained clinicians to effectively manage cases in health facilities.

As at the end of September 2019, 81 suspected monkeypox cases had been reported from nine states since the beginning of the year. Of the suspected cases, 39 were confirmed at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory and one death was reported.

As part of our mandate to provide up to date communication to Nigerians, NCDC publishes a Weekly Epidemiological Report (WER). This report provides details on suspected and confirmed cases of priority diseases in Nigeria, including monkeypox, throughout the year. While there have been cases reported in some states, we have not declared an outbreak or an emergency.

“We are always available to answer your questions and provide clarifications. Please reach out to us before going to press. We will continue to look for opportunities to train members of the press on interpreting public health data.”

” We also encourage you to find time to visit our Incident Coordination Centre, National Reference Laboratory to see and learn more about the work we do. “


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