Osun Awaits Confirmatory Test On First Monkeypox Case

Monkeypox Virus

The Osun State government says it is expecting a final result from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the test carried out on a suspected carrier of Monkeypox in the state.

It was gathered that the case was discovered in Iperindo, Atakumosa East Local Government of the state.

Rafiu Isamotu, the State’s commissioner for health, told journalists on Monday that a test had been conducted on the suspected patient but the result is yet to be declared by NCDC.

“We are waiting for confirmative test, we are still expecting the result from NCDC, until we get the confirmative test,” Mr Isamotu said.

In July, the WHO declared a global health emergency in response to the outbreak as cases rapidly increased.

If NCDC declares the case in Osun positive, it means that the outbreak has extended to ten states including the FCT, according to recent statistics from NCDC.

The State Commissioner, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu confirmed the outbreak of the disease,

According to him, the patient carrying the disease had fully healed before the result of the test conducted on him was out and was said to be positive.

This is just as another suspected case of the monkeypox was recorded in Osogbo, capital of the State capital.

It was gathered that a 14-year old boy with a symptom of the disease was brought to the General Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, around 12pm today, Monday.

The boy’s body was full of rashes and shores as noticed by the medium.

He was admitted to the first office by the left at the Trauma session of the hospital where medical experts attended to him.

The medical experts were kitted in disease preventive personal protective equipment when attending to the patient.
Personnel from Disease Surveillance Notification Unit were part of the team.

It was noted that blood sample was taken from the boy for test.

“We cannot be too sure that what we are treating is monkeypox until the result of the test is out. But with the symptom we are seeing, it is likely to be monkeypox”, said a medical expert who was part of the team that treated the boy.

The total number of recorded cases of Monkeypox in Nigeria will also increase to 173 since the beginning of the year.

Four deaths have been recorded so far in 2022.

The breakdown of the cases on Sunday according to the NCDC showed that Imo State topped with three cases, followed by the FCT. (Premium Times)

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