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Monkeypox: Ghana Records 5 Cases In 3 Regions



Monkeypox: Ghana Records 5 Cases In 3 Regions

Ghanaian health authorities have confirmed five cases of the steadily spreading Monkeypox viral disease in three regions of Ghana.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said the cases have been recorded in Ghana since May 24, 2022.

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A Citi News report said the GHS disclosed at a press briefing on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 , that 12 suspected cases were detected and were investigated out of which five turned out positive. The cases were recorded in three regions: Eastern, Western, and Greater Accra.

“One of the cases was recorded in a Ghanaian who travelled from the United States of America to Ghana, so he might have picked it up from there,” the report quoted, Director-General, of the Ghana Health ïService, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.

The viral disease has been spreading in temperate regions of the world with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) becoming the first Gulf state to record a case for some time now.

According to the BBC, the Czech Republic and Slovenia also reported their first cases on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, joining 18 other countries to detect the virus outside Africa, where it is commonly known to breakout.

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The WHO has said as of 21 May, 92 laboratory-confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported from 12 countries.

These countries, according to WHO are not endemic to the monkeypox virus.

Monkeypox is a viral disease transmitted to humans from animals with symptoms very similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe, says the WHO.

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