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Marburg Virus: No active cases in Ghana as last patient recovers – GHS

The only survivor of the three (3) persons who contracted the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Ghana has recovered from the disease.

This follows two negative tests carried out 48 hours apart on the 3rd and 6th of August 2022 respectively, by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

The patient has since been discharged and reunited with her family. Ghana, therefore, has no case of MVD.

A statement signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye said “in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, this outbreak will be declared over 42 days after the last negative test if there are no new cases. The public is encouraged to continue to observe the preventive measures and to report any illness to the nearest health facility for attention.”

Marburg Virus Disease was confirmed in Ghana on 4th July 2022. Three cases have since been reported with the last being on 21st July 2022. Two of the three cases unfortunately died. In all, 198 contacts were identified in four districts (Adansi North and South, Prestea Huni Valley, and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba) of which 118 of them have completed the 21 days of mandatory follow-up and have since been discharged. The remaining contacts
are still being followed up and none has any symptoms.

According to the GHS, even though Ghana has no MVD case currently, the Service, together with its development partners and relevant state agencies will continue to maintain heightened surveillance for MVD and other viral haemorrhagic fevers. Ongoing public education and engagements on MVD will be maintained while we continuously review the situation.

The Service with support from partners has initiated a process for socioecological mapping to assess the risk of viral haemorrhagic fevers for enhanced surveillance in Ghana.

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