GHS: Ghana is free from the Marburg virus disease outbreak

No one in the nation has the disease, according to Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, Director General of the GHS.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye told the media in Accra that the development came about as a result of the final negative PCR test for the lone remaining Marburg patient in Ghana.

The director general of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said, “I do hereby state that adequate outbreak response to Marburg illness has been implemented for the 42 days following the final negative PCR result for the lone surviving patient with a recommendation by WHO.

Ghana has so successfully contained the initial Marburg virus disease outbreak, and we hereby declare that the outbreak is over, he continued.

Ghana received a Marburg virus disease confirmation on July 4th, 2022.

The GHS revealed in a statement released on Sunday, July 17, 2022 that it had conducted a variety of tests and found the virus to be present.

“Following the report of the preliminary finding of two cases of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) from the Ashanti Region on July 7, 2022, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) wishes to announce that further testing at the Institute Pasteur in Dakar (IPD), Senegal, has confirmed the results from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research,” read the statement, which was signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.

This is the first time Ghana has verified Marburg Virus Disease, thus the samples were transferred to IPD with the cooperation of the World Health Organization (WHO) for validation in accordance with best practices.

The disease was suspected as a result of the discovery of two individuals who had been reported in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region and who met the case criteria for an acute hemorrhagic fever.

The Marburg virus belongs to the same family as the Ebola virus.

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