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Ghana Records Five Confirmed Cases Of Monkey Pox – GHS Confirms

The Ghana Health Service has recorded five confirmed cases of the zoonotic disease called the monkey pox disease.

The five confirmed cases were recorded out of the twelve suspected cases tested in the country from May 24th, 2022.

This was revealed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, who made this known Wednesday, saying that the confirmed cases of the disease were recorded in three regions in Ghana, the Eastern region, the Western region, and the Greater Accra region.

He also said that no death has been recorded so far and none of the victims is in a critical condition and the cases recorded were mild to moderate. He added that one of the victims is a Ghanaian who traveled to the USA.

Dr. Kuma Aboagye further stated that there is currently no treatment for the monkey pox disease but there is a vaccine available but he is not certain that it is time for Ghana to call for vaccination.

“But I don’t think we have reached a stage where we will call for vaccination in Ghana,” he said.

As a reminder, the monkey pox disease is caused by coming into contact with affected humans or animals like squirrels, monkeys, dormice, and rats. The disease is said to be endemic in Nigeria and Cameroon and the only ways by which humans can contract it are skin-to-skin contact, face-to-face contact, and mouth-to-skin contact.

Fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, general bodily weakness, a rash with blisters on the face, hands, feet, body, eyes, mouth, or genitals muscle, and back aches are all symptoms of the zoonotic disease.

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