No MonkeyPox in Central Region—GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disproven reports of two confirmed cases of monkeypox in the Central Region.

It asserts that the reports are false and should be handled with the disdain they merit.

The Deputy Regional Director of Public Health for the Central Region, Dr. Kwabena Sarpong, reassured the public that there was no proven case of Ebola in the Assin-Fosu Municipality, but asked them to stay watchful and maintain personal cleanliness.

He stated that the Service had increased surveillance to detect, manage, and implement the appropriate control measures in the event of an incident in the region.

Dr. Sarpong told the Ghana News Agency on Monday that it was crucial for the public to adhere to hand cleanliness and mask use, especially in enclosed areas, because the method of disease transmission was similar to that of COVID-19.

The initial symptoms are similar to those of most infectious disorders, including fever, weakness, and chills, he added, and monkeypox is suspected when the rash appears.

However, he emphasized the need of people isolating themselves when they felt ill, especially when the cause had not been determined.

Dr. Sarpong stated that the condition could be contagious before the onset of symptoms; hence, direct contact with other persons must be avoided once symptoms manifest.

In 1970, a nine-year-old child in a remote region of the Congo became the first known infected human.

The majority of patients suffered merely fever, body aches, chills, and weariness, while individuals with a more severe sickness may develop a rash and lesions on the face and hands, which may spread to other areas of the body.

The incubation period lasted between five days and three weeks, however the vast majority of patients recovered within two to four weeks without hospitalization.

It was believed that monkeypox was more severe in youngsters and could be deadly for up to one in ten people.

Anti-viral medications are also being developed to combat the infection.

The general public has been instructed to report to the nearest hospital if they are feeling ill and have rashes.

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