Ghana records two confirmed cases of monkeypox virus in the Eastern Region

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The Deputy Public Health Director at the New Juabeng South Municipal Health Directorate, Dr John Ekow Otoo has revealed that, the Region has recorded two confirmed cases of the deadly monkey pox virus in one of the 33 Districts in the Eastern Region.

Mr Otoo will however not disclose the name of the District that recorded the case but said the victims are students of an undisclosed schools and are kids, one is three and the other is one and half years respectively.

According to him the cases were recorded on Wednesday May, 30 2022 and the directorate has begun tracing, one of the parents whose samples were taken have shown symptoms and undergoing treatment.

Mr John Otoo in interview with Obaapa Florence on Afeema radio said the wearing of nose mask and the use of hand sanitizer are effective against the disease.

He says the mode of transmission is same as COVID-19 with 21 days mutation period and can result to death without detection and treatment and urged the public to strictly adhere to all the existing COVID-19 protocols of hand hygiene, indoor wearing of nose masks and social distancing the rule, to prevent the spread of these three disease outbreaks.

He calls on the public to exercise restraint as health professionals are investigating to unravel any mystery regarding the virus.

Mr Otoo also disclosed that, the Eastern Region has recorded confirmed cases of the Hanz Influenza (H3N2v) in nine (9) out of thirty -three (33) districts where the victims are all under treatment.

Monkeypox endemic countries are: Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana (identified in animals only), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan.

Monkeypox can be contained in countries outside of Africa where the virus is not usually detected, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

Source: Florence Nyamekye Ceaser

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