Sexual transmission, including between men and women, appears to play a key role in the spread of mpox in Nigeria, according to two recent reports. Researchers also found that mpox is more severe among people with advanced HIV or varicella zoster virus, and that few are vaccinated in Nigeria.
As aidsmap previously reported, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) detected the first cases in a new global outbreak of mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) in May 2022. As of 30 September 2023, there have been more than 91,000 confirmed cases reported in 115 countries, resulting in 157 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. A large majority of those affected were gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
Before the global outbreak, mpox was mainly known as an uncommon disease in central and western Africa, where it largely affected children. It was associated with contact with wild animals and did not appear to spread easily between people.
Source : Aidsmap