Ghana confirms 5 cases of Monkey Pox

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed five cases of the Monkey Pox.

No death has been recorded among the cases, neither is anyone in a critical condition.

The Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, who made this known Wednesday, 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.

Vaccniation

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.

What is Monkey Pox?

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 from 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.

Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, muscle, and back aches.

It also includes general bodily weakness, and rash with blisters on the face, hands, feet, body, eyes, mouth, or genitals.

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