The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 31 suspected cases of monkey pox have so far been reported in seven states across the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu made this known in Abuja.
He listed the affected states as Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross Rivers.
Dr. Ihekweazu said that samples had been collected from each suspected case for laboratory confirmation.
The Lagos State Government has confirmed two suspected cases of monkey pox in private hospitals in the state.
The state commissioner for health, Dr. Jide Idris said yesterday that the cases are yet to be confirmed but both are being investigated.
The commissioner urged residents to be vigilant and maintain “high personal and environmental hygiene”.
They revealed that though there is no specific vaccine for the disease, vaccination against smallpox has been proven to be eighty five percent effective in preventing monkeypox.
So far, no deaths have been recorded from monkey pox.