Ebola Virus Now In Ghana

Ghana’s health authorities have announced the first suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus at the country’s second biggest hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), in Kumasi.

Joseph Oduro, Deputy Director of Public Health in the Ashanti region, said on Sunday evening that the case resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl. He said health officials in the Ashanti region held an emergency meeting over the case.

The victim, who was admitted at the pediatric unit of the Teaching Hospital with symptoms of fever and bleeding, died and during a postmortem it was detected she had internal bleeding, said Oduro.

He said the development was alarming since neighboring countries like Guinea and Liberia had recorded cases of the viral infection.

Oduro said blood samples of the victim had already been sent for Medical Research in Accra, for testing, and the result was being expected within 72 hours.

 

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