Ghana Confirms it’s first outbreak of highly infectious Marbus Virus

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) officially confirmed on Sunday two cases of Marburg virus, a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola, after two people who later died tested positive for the virus earlier this month.

The tests, which showed that two people tested were positive, were sent to a laboratory in Senegal for further tests.

The disease, which is highly infectious, is transmitted to people by fruit bats and spreads among humans through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, surfaces, and materials, the WHO said.

GHS is working to reduce any risk of the virus spreading, including the isolation of all identified contacts, none of whom have developed any symptoms so far, it said.

 

This is only the second outbreak of Marburg in West Africa. The first ever case of the virus in the region was detected last year in Guinea, with no further cases identified.

 

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