Child infected with Marburg virus dies in Ghana | World Health Organization News


The variety of fatalities within the nation has risen to 3 since Ghana registered its first-ever Marburg virus outbreak final month.

A baby who contracted the extremely infectious Ebola-like Marburg virus in Ghana has died, a World Well being Group official has stated.

The loss of life on Tuesday brings the overall variety of fatalities within the nation to 3 since Ghana registered its first-ever outbreak of the illness final month. The outbreak is just the second in West Africa, after the primary was detected final yr in Guinea.

The lifeless youngster, whose gender or age weren’t disclosed, was one in every of two new circumstances reported final week by the WHO.

“Final week I discussed the 2 extra circumstances. One is the spouse of the index case and the opposite one is the kid of the index case and the kid sadly died, however the spouse continues to be alive and bettering,” WHO physician Ibrahima Soce Fall informed reporters.

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

Thus far, the Ghanaian well being ministry has solely reported three confirmed circumstances and additional testing stays to be accomplished on a fourth suspected case, Fall stated.

The primary 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.

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