ISLAMABAD, July 19 (Alliance News): Health authorities in Ghana have officially confirmed 2 cases of Marburg virus, a highly contagious disease similar to Ebola.
This confirmation from the Department of Health has come after the death of 2 people infected with this virus at the beginning of this month.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a new disease in the African country of Ghana.
According to the World Health Organization, the two people tested positive on July 10, but the results were reviewed at a laboratory in Senegal to confirm the cases.
Further testing at the Institut Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal confirmed these findings, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said in a statement.
The statement said measures are being taken by the Ghana Health Service to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, including isolating all people who have come in contact with people infected with the virus. No symptoms have been found in any of them yet.
The World Health Organization said the first case of the virus was a 26-year-old boy who was hospitalized on June 26 and died on June 27.
The second case was a 51-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital on June 28 and died the same day.
The World Health Organization said that the two patients who died in the Ashanti region of southern Ghana had symptoms such as diarrhoea, fever, nausea and vomiting before death.
“Ghanaian health authorities have responded quickly and started preparing for the possible spread of this epidemic, which is good because in the absence of immediate and decisive action, Marburg eases,” said Matshidiso Moti, WHO regional director for Africa. can be uncontrollable’.
This is the second outbreak of Marburg in West Africa, the first case of the virus in the region was found in Guinea last year, but no further cases have been identified at that time.
Since 1967, there have been about a dozen outbreaks of Marburg, with most cases reported in southern and eastern Africa.
According to the World Health Organization, the fatality rate of this epidemic in the past has ranged from 24% to 88% depending on the subtypes of the virus and the cases.
According to the WHO, the Marburg virus is spread by large bats and can be transmitted to another person through direct contact with infected individuals.
There is still no cure for Marburg, but doctors say that drinking water and treating some of its symptoms can increase the chances of survival for those affected.