Ghana Health Service warn public of Ebola outbreak, as Guinea record cases

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This is to inform all stakeholders in the health sector of the confirmation of seven (7) cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea on 14th February 2021. Three of the cases have died from the disease

EVD is a severe, often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. It can be transmitted through human contact with body fluids of a person infected with the virus. These body fluids include blood, saliva, vomit, urine, sweat and semen. Major symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, unexplained bleeding tendencies from nose, gumis, vagina, skin or eyes, as well as vomiting and diarhoea.

All regions, districts and health facilities are to initiate preparedness and response plans for EVD

All Regional and District Public Health Emergency Management Committees should include EVD on their agenda. Additionally, regions, districts, health facilities, port health units at all border posts particularly along the Western border and all landing beaches are to heighten surveillance for EVD using the standard case definition attached). They are also requested to remind all Ghanaians and residents in Ghana on the need to protect themselves from the disease. These preventive measure include:

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• Avoid contact with blood and body fluids (such as urine, saliva, sweat, faeces, vomit, breast milk and semen) of people who show any of the symptoms above. Practice hand hygiene: frequent hand washing with soap and under running water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.

Avoid contact with dead bodies, including participating in funeral or burial rituals of suspected or confirmed Ebola cases Avoid contact with animals (such as huts or monkeys) or with raw or undercooked meat.

Do not handle bush meat (wild animals hunted for food).

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Seek medical care immediately (nearest health facility) if one develops fever body temperature 38″C or above) or other symptoms such as severe headache, fatigue feeling very tired) muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.

We are to take note and remind the general public that, under no circumstance should public or private transport be used in transporting suspected EVD case. They are to call for support from the District Director of Health Services of respective Districts, Municipalities or Metropolis in the transfer of such persons to a health facility

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