Although we just saw a report a yesterday (see Nigeria: CDC Monkeypox Update - Week 48) - which was dated November 19th - the Nigerian CDC has just released another update - current through November 23rd - which shows a sharp jump in confirmed cases.
The previous report (Sitrep #8) cited 148 total (suspected & confirmed) cases, with 42 lab confirmed cases, while today's Sitrep #9 bumps that number to 56 (out of 155).Both reports are listed on the Nigerian Disease Situation Report page as week 48, although today's internal date says epi-week 47.
Aside from the jump in confirmed cases, we also learn that 3 more states have confirmed cases (Imo, Katsina and Nasarawa), and genetic testing suggests multiple introductions of the virus into the country.
Some highlights from today's report includes:
- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) continued to coordinate the response through its activated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
- Fifty-six (56) confirmed cases recorded since the onset of the outbreak
- Three (3) new States (Imo, Katsina and Nasarawa) recorded confirmed cases in the reporting week
- Thirteen (13) new suspected cases reported in the reporting week
- NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja continued laboratory diagnosis of monkeypox with improved turn-around time
- There has been a decline in the number of new suspected cases reported over the last four weeks
- Since the onset of the outbreak, a total of 155 cases (suspected and confirmed) have been recorded from 21 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
- No death attributable to monkeypox has been recorded so far
- Epidemiologist deployed to five (5) more States
- Fourteen new confirmed cases were recorded in the reporting week from Benue (1), Cross River (3), Edo (1), FCT (2), Imo (2), Katsina (1), Nasarawa (1) and Rivers (3) state
- Out of a total of 155 suspected cases reported from 21 States and the FCT 56 cases have been confirmed in 13 States
- Clustering of cases was demonstrated in some instances, however no known evidence yet of epidemiological linkages across States
- Preliminary genetic sequencing suggests multiple sources of introduction of monkeypox virus into human population
- The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 3:1
- The most affected age group is 21-40 years (Median Age = 30)
- No death recorded among cases so far
For more background on Monkeypox, you may wish to revisit Yesterday's blog.