The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has confirmed 157 cases of monkeypox in 26 states across the country.

The NCDC revealed this in its latest monkeypox situation report for week 30.

Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans that occurs sporadically, mainly in remote villages in Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.

Nigeria is one of the African countries where the disease is endemic.

The agency said that from January 1 to July 31, 2022, four deaths were recorded in 4 states – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

The report also showed that there were at least 413 suspected cases of the disease in the country.

The report said in part: “There were fifty-six (56) new suspected cases reported during Epi week 30, 2022 (July 25-31, 2022) in nineteen (19) states – Ondo (13 ), Plateau (8), Lagos (6), Adamawa (4), Abia (3), Borno (3), Delta (2), Kano (3), Anambra (2), Bayelsa (2), Kwara (2 ), Akwa Ibom (1), Gombe (1), Imo (1), Nasarawa (1), Osun (1), Oyo (1), Rivers (1) and Taraba (1)

“Out of fifty-six (56) suspected cases, there were twenty-four (24) new confirmed positive cases during Epi week 30, 2022 in twelve (12) states – Ondo (5), Kano (3) , Lagos (3), Abia (2), Adamawa (2), Bayelsa (2), Kwara (2), Delta (1), Anambra (1), Gombe (1), Rivers (1) and Nasarawa (1) .

“From January 1 to July 31, 2022, there were 413 suspected cases and 157 confirmed cases (105 males, 52 females) in twenty-six (26) states – Lagos (20), Ondo (14), Adamawa (13) , Delta (12), Bayelsa (12), Rivers (11), Edo (8), Nasarawa (8), Plateau (6), Anambra (6), FCT (5), Taraba (5), Kwara (5) , Kano (5), Imo (4), Cross River (3), Borno (3), Oyo (3), Abia (3), Gombe (3), Katsina (2), Kogi (2), Niger (1 ), Ogun (1), Bauchi (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

“Four deaths have been recorded in 4 states – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1) and Akwa Ibom (1).

“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017 and through July 31, 2022, a total of 925 suspected cases have been reported in 35 states across the country.”