Ghana has confirmed two cases of Lassa fever, with one death

Two cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed in Ghana by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

On Friday, February 24, 2023, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research discovered the instances. The first case involved a 40-year-old trader who fell ill for almost two weeks before passing away at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. The second patient, who is in but in a stable state, is a contact case of the deceased patient.

In a news release, the GHS stated that 56 contacts had been located, identified, and were being monitored. Some underreported public health initiatives have been carried out in accordance with the present trends.

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A Public Health Emergency Management Committee has been activated at all levels, including national, regional, and district. Also, a thorough inquiry that includes an environmental evaluation has begun. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and logistics, including essential drugs, are being mobilised.

In addition to quarantining contacts and doing daily checks on patients, contact tracing and management are ongoing processes. Barrier nursing and strict infection prevention and control (IPC) have been implemented. Lassa fever education and community and health staff sensitization campaigns have begun.

Ghana has confirmed two cases of Lassa fever, with one death

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