Two cases of Marburg virus detected in Ghana

The Ebola like virus known as Marburg virus can be spread via bats and other infected animals.



The deadly Marburg virus has been linked to two cases in Ghana, marking the

first time the Ebola-like illness has been discovered in the country of West

Africa, according to health officials' announcement on Sunday. Blood tests

taken from two people in the southern Ashanti region earlier this month

suggested the Marburg virus. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) reported that

the samples were submitted to the Pasteur Institute in Senegal, which

confirmed the diagnosis. "This is the first time Ghana has confirmed

Marburg Virus Disease," said GHS head Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said in a statement. Marburg, which is nearly as lethal as Ebola, has no known cure or

vaccine. High temperature and both internal and external bleeding are among its

symptoms.


According to the GHS statement, 98 individuals who have been identified as

contact cases are currently quarantined. It is also noted that no additional

Marburg cases have been found in Ghana. According to the World Health

Organization (WHO), Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya,

South Africa, and Uganda have all seen previous Marburg outbreaks and isolated cases. Bats and other infected animals can spread the Marburg virus. "The public is therefore advised to avoid caves inhabited by bat colonies and to cook all meat products 'thoroughly' before consumption," the Ghanaian health authorities advised. Additionally, everyone who has been linked to contact with patients, including medical personnel, must isolate themselves.