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Two test positive in Ghana for highly contagious Marburg virus – SABC News

Two people in Ghana, who later died, tested positive for Marburg virus, a highly contagious Ebola-like disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Tests conducted in Ghana returned positive results, but these results must be confirmed by a Senegalese laboratory for the cases to be considered confirmed, the WHO said in a statement.

The two patients in the southern Ashanti area both had symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting before dying in hospital, the statement said.

If confirmed, this would be just another Marburg epidemic in West Africa.

The first case of the virus was diagnosed last year in Guinea and no further cases were found.

“Preparations for a possible outbreak response are being set up soon as further research is under way,” the WHO said.

There have been dozens of major Marburg epidemics since 1967, mainly in southern and eastern Africa.

Mortality rates have varied from 24% to 88% in previous epidemics, depending on the virus strain and case management, according to the WHO.

Two test positive in Ghana for highly contagious Marburg virus – SABC News

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