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First Monkeypox Case Confirmed In Kwara State

First Monkeypox Case Confirmed In Kwara State

The Kwara Ministry of Health on Thursday in Ilorin confirmed the first case of monkey pox in the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by Dr Raji Razaq, the state Commissioner for Health.

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, said the commissioner.

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

“There were contacts 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. The patient has been on admission in the last one week because of suspicion of monkey pox,” he said.

Mr Razaq explained further that the index case has also been under strict monitoring by the surveillance and clinical team.

He said that currently the patient is improving and stable in the ward.

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