Ghana has confirmed the first two cases of Marburg virus disease (MVD) in the country, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said.
The GHS said in a statement late Sunday, samples from suspected infected individuals sent to the Institut Pasteur in Dakar (IPD) were confirmed after testing positive for MVD.
The GHS first announced suspected infections on 7 July, after identifying two individuals who met the definition of acute hemorrhagic fever in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Samples from individuals at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research tested positive for MVD, Xinhua news agency quoted GHS as saying.
With the assistance of the World Health Organization (WHO), the samples were sent to the IPD for further confirmation.
“So far 98 contacts have been identified, including people from the Savala-Tuna-Kalba district of the Savannah region,” the GHS statement said.
“They are undergoing quarantine and are being monitored by the GHS’s Ashanti and Savannah Regional Directorates of Health.”
“No new cases of MVD have been identified,” the statement said.
MVD, a rare but severe hemorrhagic fever, is caused by the Marburg virus and can lead to death.
According to the WHO, the disease has previously occurred in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya.