Monkeypox hits Lagos

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Monkeypox has spread from Nigeria’s south-eastern Bayelsa State to the commercial capital, Lagos, and five other states, a senior health official has confirmed to BBC Pidgin’s Daniel Semeniworima.

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The outbreak first hit Bayelsa State, where 13 infected patients, among them are three adults and one child, were quarantined last week.

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Other southern states now affected are Ekiti, Ogun, Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River, the head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said.

Monkeypox is a rare smallpox-like disease, which is not usually fatal to humans.

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Source: bbc.com

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