Kwara confirms first monkeypox case

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The Kwara State Government on Thursday confirmed the first case of Monkeypox in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razak, who confirmed the development in a statement he personally signed, said a 29-year-old driver resident in Gbugbu in Edu Local Government Area of the state, was discovered to have contacted the disease.

The commissioner said the driver had been admitted at a hospital while members of his household are on surveillance.

The statement read, “Kwara State Ministry of Health wishes to confirm the first case of monkeypox in the state. This follows rigorous efforts of the surveillance and response team that had been activated since the index case was reported in the country in March, 2022.

“The first confirmed case in Kwara State involves a 29-year-old Nigerian driver who developed symptoms of fever, generalized rash, and weakness in the last two weeks and had been under our surveillance.

“There was contact with the wife and four neighbours with similar symptoms where he lives at Gbugbu in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State. All of which have been resolved by the health team.

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“The patient has been on admission in the last one week because of suspicion of monkeypox. He has also been under strict monitoring by the surveillance and clinical team.

“Currently, the patient is improving and stable in the ward.”


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