Monkeypox virus: 13 people quarantined in Upper East region after contact tracing

The Ghana Health Service said it has quarantined 13 people in the Upper Eastern Ghana region.

This is after they came into contact with a deceased soldier from the Monkeypox virus.

On Sunday, Upper East Regional Health Services Director Dr Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, who confirmed the death to JoyNews, said it was the first case in the region.

In a press release, it said “the confirmed case was seen on July 22, 2022 at Upper East Regional Hospital with a history of fever and rash.”

“Unfortunately, the case died on July 26, 2022. Specimens were collected on July 22, 2022 for confirmation at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in Accra. We received feedback on July 28, 2022 that the sample was positive for Monkeypox disease.

Following this, there had been concerns about the possibility of the disease spreading to the area, as residents did not know how the deceased had contracted the virus.

But speaking to JoyNews, Ghana Health Service Public Health Director Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe said the GHS has launched a comprehensive response to the situation, including the decision to quarantine the 13 people identified. during contact tracing.

“So far we have 39 confirmed cases in the country and a number of contacts, but only three contacts have become cases.

Also most of the cases we have had in Ghana are mild cases and some of them we applied herbal preparations and they go away.

“I think we should focus on being able to prevent infections by avoiding contact with infected people,” he added.

Meanwhile, the monkeypox outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

The classification is the highest alert the WHO can issue and follows a global upsurge in cases.

More than 16,000 cases have now been reported in 75 countries, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

There are currently only two other health emergencies – the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing effort to eradicate polio.