Ghana’s first two cases of Marburg virus disease (MVD) have been identified, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
The confirmation came after samples sent to the Institute Pasteur in Dakar (IPD) from people who were thought to be infected confirmed positive for MVD, the GHS said in a statement late Sunday.
After finding two people in Ghana’s Ashanti Region who had fit the case definition of acute hemorrhagic fever, the GHS initially made the suspected infections public on July 7.
The samples were sent to the IPD for additional verification with help from the World Health Organization (WHO).
“So far, 98 contacts have been identified, including those from the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region,” the GHS statement said. “They are undergoing quarantine and being monitored by the Ashanti and Savannah regional health directorates of the GHS.”
The statement also added that “No new cases of MVD have been identified.”