The only survivor who contracted Marburg Virus tests negative

The only survivor of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) has fully recovered, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced.

According to the GHS, this follows two negative tests carried out on the patient in 48 hours.

“The patient has since been discharged and reunited with her family”, according to a statement from the Ghana Health Service.

“The only survivor of the three has since recovered from the disease following two negative tests carried out 48 hours apart on the 3rd and 6th of August 2022 respectively, by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). Ghana, therefore, has no case of MVD.”

Ghana recorded its first Marburg Virus cases on 4th July 2022.

Three cases have since been reported, with the last being on 21st July 2022.

Two of the three cases lost their lives after contracting the virus.

198 contacts were identified in four districts (Adansi North and South, Prestea Huni Valley, and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba).

Out of this figure, 118 of them have completed the 21 days of mandatory follow-up and have since been discharged.

Meanwhile, the GHS has advised the general public to adhere to the safety protocols.

“The public is encouraged to continue to observe the preventive measures and to report any illness to the nearest health facility for attention. Even though Ghana has no MVD case currently, the Ghana Health Service, together with our development partners and relevant state agencies will continue to maintain heightened surveillance for MVD and other viral haemorrhagic fevers”, the Ghana Health Service further advised.

“The Ghana Health Service, working with our partners, remains committed to working toward protecting the health of the general population of Ghana”, the statement concluded.

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