prior to this revelation, the Federal Government on October 11 confirmed that 33 suspected cases of the virus were recorded in seven states of the country.
According to reports reaching the media, after samples of the suspected cases were sent for test at a WHO laboratory in Senegal, only three cases from Bayelsa tested positive.
Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals). The symptoms in humans are also similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although less severe.
The minister, who updated the Council on developments in respect of the outbreak, listed the affected States as Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo and others.