The total number of monkeypox cases in Ogun State has shot up to seven as the state government confirmed four new cases.
This was made known by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker in Abeokuta.
He disclosed that two cases were discovered in Ota, within Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, while Abeokuta North and Abeokuta South had one case each.
The statement revealed that the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in the affected local government areas have carried-out line-listing and contact tracing, pointing out that the patients are already on prescribed medications.
It further advised residents to avoid direct contact with body fluid or sorts 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, the government called for calm from residents, assuring that necessary measures were being put in place to curb the spread of the disease.