The authorities at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) confirmed Ghana’s first two cases of the deadly Marburg virus, a highly infectious disease in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola on Monday, July 18, 2022
The GHS reports say both patients died recently in a hospital in the southern Ashanti Region.
Ghana’s samples of the virus came back positive earlier this month and have now been verified by a laboratory in Senegal.
Ghana Health Service says 98 people are now under quarantine as suspected contact cases.
These include relatives, medics and mortuary workers who came into contact with the two patients.
Meanwhile, the Western Region’s Disease surveillance officer Daniels Jubeng has disclosed to Skyy news’ Patrick Ennimil Arthur that though the region has not suspected any case of Marburg, they have picked surveillance of 58 suspected viral hemorrhagic fevers of which yellow fever is also inclusive.
Disease Surveillance Officer said, “With people who are showing the signs and symptoms such as vomiting blood and blood coming from any of the openings is also at risk of getting the disease. As a region, we have not suspected any case of the Marburg, however, we have suspected 58 cases of viral hemorrhagic fevers of which yellow fever is also inclusive”
He however advised the general public to resume the IPC protocol to stay safe.