Nigeria recorded its first death from monkeypox in 2022, declaring that the cumulative count of cases in the nation soared to 21, media reports revealed on Monday.
Reports indicated that the dead case was identified as a 40-year-old who had underlying morbidity and was on immunosuppressive medications.
The cases were confirmed in nine states, including the federal capital territory, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC).
In a statement, the NDCD noted that there is no "evidence of any new unusual transmission of the virus, not changed in its clinical manifestation."
Meanwhile, the 21 confirmed cases were reported from Adamawa (5), Lagos (4), Bayelsa (2), Delta (2), Cross River (2), the FCT (2), Imo (1), and Rivers (1).
"Genomic surveillance is ongoing at NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory in Abuja and so far all of the cases have been confirmed to be caused by West Africa clade Monkeypox virus," the statement read.
It is worth noting that the last monkeypox case in the African nation was recorded in 2019.