The four suspected Monkey Pox cases in Lagos State have tested negative as the Federal Ministry of Health says there is no Monkey pox in the state.
According to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, only four cases of monkeypox had been confirmed in Nigeria.
The minister, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja on Monday said as of October 13, 2017, there were 17 suspected cases reported from Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa State.
He said the ministry had received laboratory confirmation for Monkeypox virus from three of the cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, adding that samples from 12 other cases from Bayelsa were negative.
“With these results, four suspected Monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa have been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.
“Since our initial announcement, a total of 43 other suspected cases have been reported from eight other States (Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT). Of these, four cases from Lagos have also been tested negative to monkey pox.
Adewale added that many of these cases being reported from other states in Nigeria were not caused by the Monkeypox virus, but that the ministry would continue to investigate all those cases that fit the case definition.
He explained that further laboratory tests using whole genome sequencing were being carried out by the Africa Centre for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University Ede, Ogun State.