The Ghana Health Service Directorate has confirmed that Ghana has recorded it first 5 cases of the new deadly disease monkey pox as at Wednesday, 8th June, 2022 after series of test run by suspected patients.
The Director General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Aboagye, who made this known Wednesday, said the cases were recorded in three regions; namely, Eastern, Western and Greater Accra.
Since the outbreak of monkey pox in Africa, a total of 12 suspected cases have been investigated since May 24, 2022 in Ghana with 5 turning out to be true. One of the case according to Dr Aboagye was recorded in a Ghanaian who travelled to the United States of America.
When asked if Ghanaians will receive vaccination to prevent further outbreak of this deadly disease, Dr Aboagye made journalist aware that unlike the Covid- 19 where we needed vaccination because of millions of cases recorded, monkey pox hasn’ t gotten to that point. As a matter of fact only 5 has been recorded which does not warrant vaccination.
PHOTOS OF MONKEY POX
Although monkey pox is not a new disease, he added that there is no medicinal cure or treatment at this moment but the disease can clear out by itself week after infection. Monkey pox is caused by a monkey virus and can be transmitted through body contact just like the chicken pox and small pox.
The disease was first identified in a captive monkey and since 1970 there have been sporadic outbreaks reported across 10 different African countries with Ghana been the latest addition.
Ghanaians are therefore advised to visit the nearest clinic to be tested if the following symptoms of monkey pox is detected.
Common symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. After these initial symptoms, an infected person will develop the signature bumpy, fluid- filled rash.
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