Four further cases of monkey pox were confirmed by the Ogun State government Wednesday, raising the state's total number of cases to seven.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, stated that two cases were found in Ota, which is part of the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, and one case each in Abeokuta North and Abeokuta South.
According to the statement, line-listing and contact tracing have been completed by Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) in the impacted local government regions, who also noted that the patients are already taking prescribed treatments.
It further advised residents to avoid direct contact with body fluid or sore of infected live or dead animals, persons or contaminated items, just as it emphasised regular hand washing with soap and water especially after visiting or caring for a sick person.
While adding that animal food products should be properly cooked before eating, Coker called for calm from residents, assuring that necessary measures are being put in place to curb the spread of the disease.