Ghana Confirms First Cases of Deadly Marburg Virus

Health officials in Ghana confirmed on July 17 two cases of the deadly Marburg virus, a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola.

The Pasteur Institute in Senegal confirmed that the blood samples taken earlier this month from two people in the southern Ashanti region were the Marburg virus, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) announced.

Both patients died recently in the hospital.

The cases mark the first time Ghana has reported the disease, GHS Head Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said.

There is no treatment or vaccine yet for Marburg.

GHS said 98 people are now under quarantine as suspected contact cases.

No new cases of Marburg have been identified, GHS noted.

Marburg is transmitted to people from infected animals, including fruit bats, and spreads among humans through the transmission of bodily fluids.

Symptoms of Marburg include fever, muscle pains, vomiting blood, and internal and external bleeding.

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