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US denies operating ‘Monkeypox labs’ in Nigeria

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UNITED States has denied rumours making the rounds that it is operating ‘US-government controlled laboratories’ for monkeypox in Nigeria.

  A statement issued today by Information Specialist in Public Affairs Section of US Consulate General in Lagos, Temitayo Famutimi, said the allegation is not only frivolous and baseless but also contrived by mischief makers to cause tension. 

  “There is zero merits to any allegations regarding the use of U.S.-assisted Nigerian laboratories in the spread of Monkeypox.  

  All of this contributes greatly to the prevention and amelioration of global disease outbreaks. As we works together to contain its spread, exported cases have been reported in the United Kingdom, United States, and other parts of the world. The United States Government continues to lend its support and work closely with the government of Nigeria in responding to the outbreak.

Through our collaborative interventions, U.S. government agencies working in Nigeria (including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Program) and their implementing partners have supported both national and state laboratories with technical assistance and funding.  

  These laboratories are Nigerian, and U.S. support enables them to provide essential services for the public good and the health of Nigeria’s citizens. Especially important, our support to laboratories across the country extends to quality improvements that ensure they have appropriate levels of biosafety and biosecurity requirements in place Furthermore, there are no “U.S.-controlled” laboratories in Nigeria,” the statement reads.

  It will be recalled that Monkeypox was first diagnosed in Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970.

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