The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO)  to prevent an outbreak of the Marburg virus disease in Ghana.

WHO is deploying experts to support Ghana’s health authorities by bolstering disease surveillance, testing, tracing contacts, preparing to treat patients and working with communities to alert and educate them about the risks and dangers of the disease and to collaborate with the emergency response teams.

The move comes after two suspected cases were identified in the country on July 7, 2022.

The patients from the southern Ashanti Region have both died.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye added that “34 contacts of the two cases have been identified and are under quarantine and being monitored.”

According to the Country Representative of the WHO, Dr. Francis Kasolo, the cases in the country would mark the first ever in Ghana and the second time Marburg had been detected in West Africa if confirmed.

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