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WHO confirms two more Marburg virus cases in Ghana, says official

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WHO confirms two more Marburg virus cases in Ghana, says official 2

July 27 (Reuters) – The World Well being Group has confirmed two extra circumstances of Marburg virus in Ghana, a senior WHO official stated on Wednesday, two weeks after the nation reported its first outbreak of the extremely infectious Ebola-like illness.

These first two circumstances, in southern Ghana’s Ashanti area, each had signs together with diarrhoea, fever, nausea and vomiting, earlier than dying in hospital, the WHO stated beforehand.

“We now have two further circumstances,” physician Ibrahima Soce Fall advised journalists on Wednesday.

The outbreak is just the second in West Africa. The primary ever case of the virus within the area was detected final 12 months in Guinea.

Soce Fall stated data obtained from Ghana prompt there have been round 180 contacts being adopted up and WHO groups have been ensuring that none have been missed.

The virus is transmitted to folks from fruit bats and spreads amongst people by direct contact with bodily fluids, surfaces and supplies, the WHO stated.

Soce Fall stated the circumstances had been reported in three totally different areas in Ghana, making a “very troublesome” state of affairs.

“Though the circumstances will not be excessive in the mean time, …we have to ensure that each hotspot will be stopped in any other case it’s going to develop into extra advanced,” he stated.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf and Jennifer Rigby; enhancing by John Stonestreet)

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