Child infected with Marburg virus dies in Ghana | World Health Organization News

The variety of fatalities within the nation has risen to 3 since Ghana registered its first-ever Marburg virus outbreak final month.

A baby who contracted the extremely infectious Ebola-like Marburg virus in Ghana has died, a World Well being Group official has mentioned.

The loss of life on Tuesday brings the full variety of fatalities within the nation to 3 since Ghana registered its first-ever outbreak of the illness final month. The outbreak is simply the second in West Africa, after the primary was detected final yr in Guinea.

The lifeless youngster, whose gender or age weren’t disclosed, was one in all two new instances reported final week by the WHO.

“Final week I discussed the 2 further instances. One is the spouse of the index case and the opposite one is the kid of the index case and the kid sadly died, however the spouse remains to be alive and enhancing,” WHO physician Ibrahima Soce Fall informed reporters.

The virus is transmitted to folks from fruit bats and spreads amongst people via direct contact with bodily fluids, surfaces and supplies, the WHO mentioned.

To date, the Ghanaian well being ministry has solely reported three confirmed instances and additional testing stays to be accomplished on a fourth suspected case, Fall mentioned.

The primary two instances, in southern Ghana’s Ashanti area, each had signs together with diarrhoea, fever, nausea and vomiting, earlier than dying in hospital, the WHO mentioned beforehand.