Ghana Confirms Monkeypox Fatality

Ghana health authorities have confirmed the first monkeypox fatality in the country.

Local media reported that a person who tested positive for the monkeypox virus on July 22 died in Bolgatanga Regional Hospital on July 26.

Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, said the person reported a history of fever and rash when Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) conducted a test for monkeypox.

Dr. Banda Khalifa, a public health expert at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, said the reported fatality was alarming because “monkeypox should not cause a severe disease.” 

The United Nations said in July that monkeypox symptoms could go away within a few weeks, but it could lead to complications and deaths in endemic countries.

Non-endemic countries, including Spain, Brazil, and India, recorded their first monkeypox deaths over the weekend. Spain reported two deaths, while Brazil and India recorded their first single deaths.

The World Health Organization has been monitoring the international situation, recommending nations review and implement vaccinations. WHO has also encouraged countries to share their findings in clinical studies about the virus.

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