Ghana confirms five cases of Monkeypox

Ghana confirms five cases of Monkeypox

Ghana has confirmed five cases of the Monkeypox virus, the health service said on Wednesday (8 June).

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact with body fluid or monkeypox lesions.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, the director-general of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma- Aboagye said no death has been recorded yet out of the five cases.

“So far since the outbreak in Europe occurred, we tested 12 suspected cases in Ghana since 24 May. Currently, we have confirmed five cases in three regions – Eastern, Western, and Greater Accra – this is where we discovered the five cases, no death has occurred among the cases here,” he said.

“One of the cases has been recorded in a Ghanaian who traveled to the US from Ghana, he might have picked it from here,” the GHS boss added.

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.