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

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

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

The demise on Tuesday brings the whole variety of fatalities within the nation to a few 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 12 months in Guinea.

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

“Final week I discussed the 2 extra 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 continues to be alive and bettering,” WHO physician Ibrahima Soce Fall advised reporters.

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

To this point, the Ghanaian well being ministry has solely reported three confirmed instances and additional testing stays to be finished 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.