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A total of 40 people have been quarantined in the Savannah Region with one more person confirmed dead of a suspected case of the Marburg virus.

According to the Ghana Health Service, the patient who died last Thursday was a relative of one of the two people who died from the virus in June.

Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, at a press briefing on July 24 said initial tests done came out positive.

He added that the deceased showed symptoms of the Marburg virus days after the stipulated incubation period.

“Unfortunately, one close contact reported symptoms after the maximum 21-day incubation period and died on July 21. These are very close relatives, so we have taken samples, and we are following up on them. Their initial test came out positive because of their close contact, and we have identified additional 40 contacts where the incident occurred, so we are still monitoring,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said.

Meanwhile, 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 Marburg Virus Disease is a rare but severe haemorrhagic fever that affects both humans and non-human primates.


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