Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos has recently recorded at least three cases of monkeypox, an orthopoxvirus that causes a viral disease with symptoms in humans, a local health official confirmed on Saturday.

The confirmed cases were reported by health officials in the one month, with laboratory investigations proving positive to the infectious disease, said Akin Abayomi, the commissioner for health in Lagos.

“The patients were treated at the specialized infectious disease isolation center of Mainland Hospital, in Yaba, and they have since recovered and (been) discharged,” Abayomi said.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control said on Thursday it recorded a total of 81 reported cases of the disease and 39 cases were confirmed across 13 out of the 36 states in the country.

Meanwhile, close contacts and family members of these cases in Lagos were actively monitored for 21 days for symptoms of monkeypox and none was discovered.

The Lagos health commissioner urged workers to observe universal safety precautions while dealing with patients of the disease.

He also called on residents to report suspected cases of monkeypox to the nearest local government area authorities.

Monkeypox is a viral disease related to smallpox and transmitted to humans through a fluid exchange by rodents and primates with early symptoms like fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, a general feeling of discomfort, and exhaustion.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the first case of monkeypox in Nigeria was discovered in September 2017 in the southern state of Bayelsa.

WHO said from the onset of the outbreak to September 15, 2018, a total of 269 suspected cases across at least 25 states, including 115 confirmed cases across at least 16 states, were reported and seven deaths were recorded. Enditem

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