The Kwara State Government have confirmed their first case of Monkeypox.
The disease was confirmed by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razak in a statement. In the statement, the commissioner said a 29-year-old driver resident in Gbugbu in the Edu Local Government Area of the state was discovered to have contracted the disease.
According to the statement, the driver has now been placed on admission at a government hospital while all the members of his household are now under surveillance.
The statement read in part,
“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 were contacts with the wife and four neighbors 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 1 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. The government’s team has similarly begun health facility and community case search/contact tracing.
The team will also intensify continuous public and community sensitization on the disease and its symptoms for public education and control,”