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BREAKING: 2 Dead And 98 Quarantined As Ghana Confirms First Case Of Marburg Virus

Information reaching indicates that two (2) persons have been confirmed dead whie ninety-eight (98) others are under quarantine as Ghana records its first case of Marburg virus.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the two deceased were farmers from Bekwai and Adensi North, both in the Ashanti Region.

The GHS also mentioned that the two deceased were twenty-six (26) and fifty-one (51) years and both males.

Speaking on an Accra-based television network, Director of Public Health, Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, said "So far the first batch of the contacts traced have not shown symptoms of the Marburg Virus Disease though they have attained the twenty one days incubation period"

“Today is day 21 and none of the contacts has shown any traces. The 39 first batch of contacts I mean. There were two sets of contacts that were traced. That’s the Ashanti region set numbering fifty and the Savannah region group made up of forty eight people totaling ninety eight”

It is emerging that although Marburg is not common in Ghana, these two cases happen to the first the country has recorded.

The 98 persons are currently under quarantine of which health workers are attending to them.

The GHS is appealing to the public to be on the lookout in order not to contract the Marburg virus.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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