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Greater Accra Leads Monkeypox Infections After Recording 6 New Cases



Monkeypox: Ghana Records 5 Cases In 3 Regions

The latest news coming from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) indicates that Greater Accra Region has recorded the highest number of Monkeypox infections in the country.

According to the health authority, the current caseload stands at 34 with cases recorded in six Regions.

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It said the cases have been identified in Bono East, Eastern, and Upper West, Ashanti, and Greater Accra Regions.

The ages of cases recorded so far in the country are from nine months to 45 years.

The highest number of cases has been recorded among men. No deaths have so far been recorded.

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service speaking to the press said District Rapid Response Teams and Case Management Teams have undertaken orientation on Monkeypox Outbreak Response Measures.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals), with symptoms similar to those seen in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe.

It typically presents clinically with fever, rashes, and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) said monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa and occasionally exported to other regions.

WHO said vaccines used during the smallpox eradication programme provide protection against monkeypox, and one newly-developed vaccine had been approved for the prevention of monkeypox.

It said that the virus could be contained with the right response in countries outside of Africa where it is not usually detected.

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