Abia State of Nigeria commissioner for health, Joe Osuji, has confirmed that a new case of the dreaded monkeypox disease has been recorded in the state, bringing to four the total number of cases recorded in the state so far.

Osuji, who confirmed this on Tuesday, said the patient had been treated and the rashes clearing rapidly.

The latest case was recorded in Amuzukwu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area.

Three previous cases were recorded in Aba North, Umuahia South and Ikwuano local government areas, the commissioner said.

Osuji last Thursday said five samples of the disease had been taken to the reference laboratory in Abuja for investigation, adding that all contact cases had been treated and discharged from the hospital.

He urged residents not to fret but to maintain environmental cleanliness and personal hygiene.

“If you see any person with any kind of rashes around you, try to isolate yourself from the person,” Osuji said. “You also ask the person to report to the hospital for investigation and treatment.”


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