There is a suspected case of "monkey pox" in Plateau State, the Nigerian Red Cross Society has alarmed.
The case was first reported to the Plateau State Branch office of the NRCS yesterday, Monday 14th May, 2018, the branch Secretary, Manasseh Panpe reported.
The affected person according to the communication is presently on treatment at Bingham University Teaching Hospital popularly called Jankwano.
"We do not know when the person started noticing the symptoms, when he was brought to the health facility and from where he was brought to the hospital," the communication says.
Confirming the report, the Plateau State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kamshak Kuden said the patient came with the symptoms from PortHarcourt last two weeks.
However, "It is still a suspected case," he said.
According to the Commissioner, blood samples of the suspected patient have been sent to Abuja for examination to confirm whether or not it is monkeypox.
"The results of the lab tests are still being awaited," Dr. Kuden said.
He therefore stressed that there is no need for panic as all necessary measures have been putbin place by the state government to contain any likely spread.