Health officials in Nigeria have called for calm after dozens of suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in seven states across the south of the country.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control – NCDC, 31 suspected cases of the viral disease have been identified since the first was reported in Bayelsa State on September 22.
States affected include Lagos, whose mega-city capital of about 20 million people is sub-Saharan Africa's largest.
The national coordinator of the NCDC, said in a statement on Monday that samples had been sent to laboratories and that so far no case had been confirmed.
The NCDC has set up an emergency operation centre to help states control and limit any outbreak.