October 4, 2022
Monkeypox: No US-controlled laboratories in Nigeria, says consulate

The United States Consulate in Nigeria has declared that there are no US-controlled laboratories in Nigeria. The consulate made the declaration in a statement issued on Monday.

According to the statement, “recent misleading posts on social media wrongly speculate on the origin of the current global outbreak of monkeypox disease, and supposedly call for WHO to investigate so-called “US-controlled laboratories” in Nigeria.   

“Such reports are pure fabrication. There is zero merit to any allegations regarding the use of U.S.-assisted Nigerian laboratories in the spread of monkeypox.  Furthermore, there are no “U.S.-controlled” laboratories in Nigeria.  

“These falsehoods detract from the work that the United States, in close coordination with Nigerian and multilateral partners, accomplish together on public health, including in disease surveillance, diagnosis, prevention, and control.  

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