July 8, 2022

Marburg Virus Kills 2 In Ashanti Region

Two people have died of Marburg virus disease in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced.

According to the GHS, the Adansi North District Health Directorate submitted two blood samples to the Noguchi Memorial Institute For Medical Research following the identification of two people who met the case definition of an Acute Haemorrhagic Fever.

Both patients died, it added.

It also noted that the Ashanti Regional directorate of the Ghana Health Service is investigating the outbreak.

Meanwhile, thirty-four persons have been identified to have had close contact with the deceased.

They are said to be undergoing isolation for 21 days.

It said there has not been any more reported cases other than the first two.

The GHS has thus called for all regional and teaching hospitals to be on the lookout for suspected cases.

Symptoms of Marburg virus disease include onset of fever with no response treatment, bloody diarrhoea, bleeding gums, bleeding into skin, bleeding into eyes, and bloody urine.

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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