Ghana Records 5 Cases Of Monkey Pox Disease
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has recorded five cases of the Monkey Pox Disease (MPD) in Ghana
Also, no death has been confirmed in the cases and no one is in any critical condition.
The Director General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye disclosed this and said the cases were recorded in three regions namely, Eastern, Western, and Greater Accra.
He said a total of 12 suspected cases have been investigated since May 24, 2022.
He added that one of the cases was recorded by a Ghanaian who traveled to the United States of America.
According to Dr. Kuma Aboagye, there is currently no treatment for Monkey Pox.
He added that although there is a vaccine available for the Monkey Pox disease, it was currently not available in Ghana.
“But I don’t think we have reached a stage where we will call for vaccination in Ghana,” he said.
He further noted that the cases being recorded were mild to moderate.
Monkey Pox is a zoonotic disease caused by the Monkey Pox virus.
It is endemic in Nigeria and Cameroon and is transmitted from an infected animal (squirrels, rats, dormice, monkeys, etc) or infected humans.
Human-to-human transmission can occur through the following, skin-to-skin contact, face-to-face contact, and mouth-to-skin contact.
It can also be spread through touching bedding, towels, clothing, or objects used by an infected person.
Signs and Symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and muscle and back aches.
It also includes general bodily weakness, and rash with blisters on the face, hands, feet, body, eyes, mouth, or genitals.