Ghana Records Two Cases of Marburg virus 

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In a press release on Sunday, July 17, 2022, the Ghana health service indicated that the Marburg virus disease has been confirmed in Ghana. It follows a report of initial findings of two Marburg Virus diseases (MVD) from the Ashanti region on Thursday, July 7, 2022. The release further stated that the virus was first suspected in two persons who met the case study for an acute haemoharrgic fever and reported in the Adansi north district in the Ashanti region. Contacts traced and identified accounts to 98, including persons from the Savannah region’s Sawla- Tuna-Kalba district and are currently under quarantine and monitoring by the Ashanti and Savannah regional health directorate.

Marburg virus disease (MVD), formerly known as Marburg Hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

The Marburg virus is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads among humans through human-to-human transmission. It causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever in humans. 

Signs and Symptoms

Diarrhoea

Abdominal pain

Sore throat

Chest pain

Nausea

Prevention

1. Frequent washing of hands

2. Avoid close contact with infected persons

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