Marburg Virus Updates: Today’s topic is the most recent health news in Ghana. Read the entire article to find out more about this.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Sunday that two cases of the highly contagious Marburg virus illness have now been confirmed in Ghana.
The declaration was brought about by two unconnected patients from Ghana’s southern Ashanti region who later passed away and both tested positive for the virus.
Over 90 contacts are being kept under supervision, and the patients’ symptoms included diarrhoea, fever, nauseousness, and vomiting, said the WHO.
The WHO describes Marburg as a highly contagious viral hemorrhagic fever that shares a virus family with the more well-known Ebola virus disease and has a fatality rate of up to 88 percent. The sickness “begins quickly, with a high fever, a very painful headache, and malaise,” according to the statement.
According to WHO, the virus is passed from fruit bats to humans and can subsequently be disseminated from person to person by coming into contact with their bodily fluids, contaminated surfaces, or things that have been in contact with them.
In response to the outbreak in Ghana, the international health organisation announced that containment measures were being implemented and that additional resources would be made available. Without swift and quick action, Marburg “may rapidly get out of hand,” the WHO added.
The World Health Organization (WHO), which commended the country for its prompt action, is providing help to Ghana’s health authorities.
The head of the WHO’s Africa region, If prompt and urgent action is not done, Marburg could swiftly spin out of control, according to Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.
The head of Ghana’s health system, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, told BBC Focus on Africa radio that a sizable interdisciplinary team was investigating the root of the problem.
Strict infection control methods and contact tracking have been put in place to stop additional deaths.
Teams are also going door-to-door in neighbourhoods to inform people about the symptoms and urge them to contact the proper authorities if any suspicious cases are found.
THE MARBURG VIRUS HAS NO RECOGNISED VACCINES OR ANTIVIRAL MEDICATIONS:
The WHO stated that treatment such as oral or intravenous rehydration and management of particular symptoms can increase a patient’s chances of survival.
The Ghana Health Service has encouraged the public to avoid fruit bat-inhabited mines and caves and to thoroughly prepare any meat items before consumption in order to help reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading.
The Marburg virus’s natural hosts are fruit bats, claims the health agency. Ghana is just seeing the virus’ second epidemic in West Africa after Guinea found it last year. The virus also claimed the life of the patient in the epidemic in Guinea. Health authorities in Guinea confirmed that there were no additional instances.
Previous outbreaks have been reported in a number of African nations, including South Africa, Kenya, Angola, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The deadliest outbreak of 2005 was the one in Angola, which claimed more than 200 lives.
WHO reports that countries that are more likely to experience a resurgence of the virus have been contacted and are “on alert.”
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