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Ghana confirms 5 cases of Monkey Pox

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed five cases of the Monkey Pox Disease.

No death has been recorded among the cases, neither is anyone in a critical condition.

The Director General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, who made this known Wednesday, said the cases were recorded in three regions; namely, Eastern, Western and Greater Accra.

He said a total of 12 suspected cases have been investigated since May 24, 2022.

He added that one of the case was recorded in a Ghanaian who travelled to the United States of America.

Vaccniation

According to Dr Kuma Aboagye, there is currently no treatment for Monkey Pox.

However, he said there is a vaccine available but not in Ghana.

“But I don’t think we have reached a stage where we will call for vaccination in Ghana,” he said.

He further noted that the cases being recorded were mild to moderate.

What is Monkey Pox?

Monkey Pox is a zoonotic disease caused by the Monkey Pox virus.

It is endemic in Nigeria and Cameroon and is transmitted from an infected animal (squirrels, rats, dormice, monkeys etc)or from infected humans.

Human to human transmission can occur through the following: skin-to-skin contact,  face-to-face contact, mouth-to-skin contact.

It can also be spread through touching bedding, towels, clothing or objects used by an infected person.

Symptoms

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