Marburg Cases Noticed In Ghana After 15 Years
Ghana–Ghana is dealing with a deadly virus, of kinds similar to that like Ebola. Two cases of the deadly Marburg virus have already been reported. Both patients have succumbed to the illness and died in hospital recently, in the southern Ashanti region.
Their samples came out positive recently and it has been ascertained that there is actually no cure for the disease apart from keeping the body hydrated and treating the symptomatic issues only.
This is one just one more disease that is being transported from animals to humans. The virus is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads between humans through the transmission of bodily fluids. Medical authorities are now warning people to keep away from caves, and to cook their meat products well. The World Health Organization (WHO), which is supporting the country’s health authorities, has praised Ghana’s swift response, though.
The effects of the illness however, are severe, often fatal illness with symptoms including headache, fever, muscle pains, vomiting blood and bleeding. The virus was first spotted in 2005 in Angola and killed almost 200 people. This is the second time that Marburg has been identified in West Africa. There was one confirmed case in Guinea last year, but that outbreak was declared over in September, five weeks after the case was identified.
Elsewhere on the continent, previous outbreaks and sporadic cases have been reported in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, the WHO says. The first ever Marburg outbreak was in Germany in 1967 where seven people died.
The virus killed more than 200 people in Angola in 2005, the deadliest outbreak on record according to the global health body. Health officials in the West African nation say 98 people are now under quarantine as suspected contact cases.