Nigeria has recorded its first death from the recent outbreak of the monkeypox disease.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced this on Sunday.
The death was reported in a 40-year-old patient who had underlying co-morbidity and was on immunosuppressive medications
The NCDC also said it had confirmed 21 out of 66 suspected cases of the disease.
Affected States include Lagos, 4; Cross River, 2; FCT, 2; Kano, 2; Delta, 2; Bayelsa, 2; Rivers, 1; and Imo, 1 and Adamawa State with the highest number.
The Agency added that “The twenty (20) new suspected cases in May 2022 were reported from 11 states – Lagos (5), Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), FCT (2), Delta (1), Oyo (1), Kaduna (1), Edo (1) and Gombe (1).
“This is a 100% increase in case reporting as compared with April 2022, when 10 new cases were reported, and is likely due to ongoing efforts to increase awareness and improve surveillance.
“The six (6) new confirmed positive cases (out of the 20 suspected cases) in May 2022 were confirmed from four (4) states – Bayelsa (2), Adamawa (2), Lagos (1), and Rivers (1)”.
According to the NCDC, it had activated the National Multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre at level 2 to continue to coordinate ongoing response activities.