Ghana records 5 cases of Monkeypox – GHS

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Ghana has recorded five cases of Monkeypox disease since May 24, 2022.

According to Ghana Health Service, it detected 12 suspected cases that were investigated in the country.

The Director General of Ghana health Service, Patrick Kuma Aboagye, who announce this said, the case are predominant in the Eastern, Western and Greater Accra regions with one imported case.

He was speaking at a press briefing on three outbreaks in the country which, COVID-19, Influenza A H3 and monkey pox.

“So far since the outbreak in Europe occurred, we tested 12 suspected cases in Ghana since 24 May. Currently, we have confirmed five cases in three regions – Eastern, Western and Greater Accra – this is where we discovered the five cases, no death has occurred among the cases here,” he said.

“One of the cases has been recorded in a Ghanaian who travelled to the US from Ghana, he might have picked it from here,” the GHS boss said.

Meanwhile the Western Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr.Yaw Ofori Yeboah, has denied the report which indicate that the region has recorded Monkeypox.

He said, the region was mistakenly added to the regions with reported cases of Monkeypox during a press briefing by the Director General of the Service and this has been rectified by the national team.

Outbreaks of the virus have been found in Europe, Australia and America.

Monkeypox symptoms often include fever and rash, but the infection is usually mild.

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Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, a member of the same family of viruses as smallpox, although it is much less severe and experts say chances of infection are low.

It occurs mainly in remote parts of central and west African countries, near tropical rainforests.

In those regions, there have been over 1,200 cases of monkeypox since the start of the year.

There are two main strains of the virus, from West Africa and Central Africa.

The milder strain is from West Africa, which is now circulating in other parts of the world.

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