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, 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.
Ghana’s quick action has been hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is assisting the nation’s health authorities.
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.
Although there is currently no cure for Marburg, doctors advise addressing certain symptoms and drinking lots of fluids to increase a patient’s chance of survival.
The virus enters humans through fruit bats and spreads between people through the exchange of body fluids.
It is a serious illness that frequently results in death and has symptoms like headache, fever, muscle cramps, vomiting blood, and bleeding.
Government representatives are advising the public to stay away from caves and to thoroughly prepare any meat items before eating them.
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 case was discovered in September.
The WHO reports that earlier outbreaks and isolated cases have occurred elsewhere on the continent in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda.
According to the international health organisation, 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.