The deadly Marburg virus, a highly contagious illness in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola, has been confirmed in Ghana’s first two cases.
In the southern Ashanti area hospital of Ghana, it is reported that both patients recently passed away. Their samples tested positive earlier this month, and a Senegalese laboratory has since confirmed this.
According to health officials in the country of West Africa, 98 individuals are currently in isolation due to suspected contact cases. These people include friends and family, medical professionals, and mortuary staff who interacted with the two patients.
It has now been determined that Marburg exists in West Africa twice. Guinea had one confirmed case last year, but the outbreak was deemed to be finished five weeks after the patient was found in September.
Ghana’s health authorities are receiving support from the World Health Organization (WHO), which has applauded the nation for its quick action. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s Africa head, stated, “This is good since Marburg may rapidly get out of hand if immediate and urgent action is not taken.
Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, the director of Ghana’s health system, told BBC Focus on Africa radio that there was a large multidisciplinary team working to find the true cause of this. To stop more deaths, stringent infection control procedures and contact tracing have been implemented.
It is a serious illness that frequently results in death and has symptoms like headache, fever, muscle cramps, vomiting blood, and bleeding. Ghanaian authorities are cautioning citizens to stay away from caves and to prepare all animal products to your preferred temperature before consuming.
The WHO reports that in addition to West Africa, isolated cases and past outbreaks have also been reported in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda.
According to the international health organization, Angola saw the bloodiest outbreak on record in 2005 when the virus claimed more than 200 lives. Seven individuals perished in the first Marburg outbreak, which occurred in Germany in 1967.
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