Borno State Ministry of Health has confirmed that there is an outbreak of monkey pox in the state.

The state Director of Public Health, Doctor Lawi Mshelia said on Monday that there are four suspected cases that were reported with three of the cases confirmed by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) after samples sent to the centre were returned positive.

Dr Lawi Mshelia further discloses that two of the cases were reported from the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where they are currently receiving treatment while the other patient was reported from Biu in Southern Borno.

The director also revealed that one of the patients was discharged from the hospital about a week ago.

Residents and indigenes of the state were urged not to panic, as the Ministry of Health assured them that the situation is under control.

There have been growing concerns regarding monkeypox in recent times.

Earlier in May, Nigeria recorded its first death from monkeypox since the beginning of the year 2022.

NCDC had revealed that within the last five months, there have been about 21 cases from eight states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

These include Adamawa – five, Lagos – four, Bayelsa – two, Delta – two, Cross River – two, FCT – two, Kano – two, Imo – one, and Rivers – one.