Two people have died in Ghana over suspected cases of Marburg virus.
According to reports, the Marburg virus is a highly infectious disease believed to be in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola.
Tests samples of the two patients tested positive for the Margurb virus and they how been sent to Pasteur Institute in Senegal for a confirmation of the virus.
The two patients were taken to hospital after they started showing symptoms of fever, diarrhea’ nausea and vomiting.
World Health Organization announced of the news on Twitter.
Ghana has announced the preliminary finding of two cases of #Marburg virus disease and if confirmed these would the first such infections recorded in the country
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— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) July 7, 2022
According to WHO, Marburg virus is spread to people by fruit bats and transmitted among people through direct contact with bodily fluids of infected individuals.
Reports indicate that 34 contacts were identified and are all under quarantine that will last for 21 days.