The Federal Government on Monday declared that there is no confirmed case of Monkeypox virus in Lagos state.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Jide Idris, had announced last week that there were two suspected cases of the virus in the state.

But addressing newsmen in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed that all the Monkeypox test samples obtained from the state were sent to the World Health Orgaisation, WHO’s laboratory in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, and returned negative.

“Since our initial announcement, a total of 43 other suspected cases (of the virus) have been reported from eight other states — Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT. Of these, four cases from Lagos have also been tested and confirmed to be negative for the Monkeypox virus,” he said.

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