Medical Virologist and Immunologist at Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Drs. Oladipo Kolawole, said monkeypox mostly kills patients with commorbidity.
According to him the virus can infect patients due to illnesses that can lead to death.
In 2022, the first death toll from the disease in Nigeria was reported in a 40-year-old patient with low comorbidity and taking antiretroviral drugs.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent, Kolawole said, “There are different types of illnesses but everyone who is not able to protect themselves due to a specific disease and now has monkey disease, it can kill, it can lead to death.
“The implication is that the human immune system is unable to fight off such infections. Therefore, the virus will invade such a person’s immune system and lead to death.
“Actually, it is not a monkey but a condition of such a person. Probably, that person has HIV or cancer and is taking anti-cancer drugs; because some drugs suppress the immune system, so if such a person becomes infected and becomes infected, the immune system may be less able to fight off the virus. ”
Data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control shows that 21 confirmed cases have been reported from 9 provinces and FCT – Adamawa (5), Lagos (4), Bayelsa (2), Delta (2), Cross River (2) ), FCT (2), Kano (2), Imo (1), Rivers (1).
The organization said that among the 21 cases reported in 2022 to date, there was no evidence of any new or unusual transmission of the virus, or changes in its clinical manifestations.
To prevent the monocymptom virus, experts urge members of the public to practice prevention and control measures that have proven to reduce the spread of infection.