Marburg Kills 3 People The Health Service (GHS) has said one close contact in the new Marburg Virus Disease cases in Ghana reported symptoms after the maximum incubation period 21 days , the person tested positive for Marburg his close contact
Currently, 40 additional new people exposed to Marburg have been identified in the Savannah Region and are being followed up.
Eleven of the 40 contacts are Health Care Workers (HCW) and that daily monitoring of temperature and general health and well being undertaken by healthcare staff in the affected district.
The Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye made this known at a press briefing in Accra on Sunday (July 24, 2022).
The GHS on June 26, 2022, identified a suspected case of Viral Haemorrhagic Fever whose date of onset was June 22, 2022. It resulted in two fatalities.
The Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR) confirmed Marburg Virus Disease on July 7, 2022.
The results were subsequently corroborated by Institut Pasteur in Dakar (IPD) on July 15, 2022.
The two earlier fatal cases of Marburg virus disease (MVD) were reported in the Ashanti region.
In the first case, it was a 26-year-old male who was a farm worker in Adansi North district in the Ashanti region with a travel history to the Western region.
Prior to symptom onset on June 24, he arrived from the Western region to Ashanti region.
He sought care at a hospital on June 26 and died on June 27.
The case was transported and buried in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district in the Savannah region, which borders both Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.
The burial was conducted before the results of laboratory tests for MVD were available.