Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, on Monday dismissed reports that two new cases of monkeypox disease have been detected in the state.
Etebu said the two cases were not fresh but old ones.
He added that blood samples sent for confirmatory tests at the World Health Organisation’s reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, returned in batches.
“The additional two positive results, though not a new outbreak, will bring the total recorded cases in the state to five.
“But the situation is dynamic and the number keeps changing; I have not looked at the data for yesterday and may not give you information that is accurate,” he said.