GHANAIANS URGED TO REPORT UNEXPLAINED EYES, NOSE AND SKIN BLEEDING
Ghanaians have been immediately advised by the Ghana Health Service to visit or report to the nearest hospital if they experience unexplained bleeding of the eyes, nose, ears, amusing, or skin. According to Dr. Aboagye Dacosta, the head of Health promotions of the Ghana Health Service, these are symptoms of the deadly Marburg virus.
He made this known in a Television interview on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Also, he added that signs such as vomiting with blood, high fever joint, muscle pain as well as headaches are also symptoms of the virus. He also added that the COVID-19 protocols are still relevant in helping to fight against the Marburg virus. He, therefore, urged all Ghanaians to be very vigilant.
Dr. Dacosta stated, “What I would advise the population is that, continue to wear their face masks, wash hands frequently with soap under dunning water. And here the social distancing is still vital if you can. Do not handle the bodies of people suspected of dying of Marburg. People should be vigilant and the hygiene protocols are very important the most important thing is, that if you have unexplained bleeding through your eyes, nose, gums, ears, and skin, please report it immediately. If you are vomiting blood, please report, if you have a high fever, please report, joint and muscle pains, please do report it.”
THE MARBURG VIRUS DISEASE
On the 17th of July, 2022, an outbreak of Marburg virus disease was declared in Ghana as confirmed by the World Health Organisation. This disease was first discovered in 1967 after outbreaks in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, Belgrade, and Serbia. Ghanaians’ public health officials, from hence, have been responding with support from WHO to help reduce the spread of the disease.
According to WHO, this Marburg virus causes an infectious and severe fever in humans and non-human primates just like the Ebola virus. The virus has its way into the body through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth.
SOME PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Some of the preventive measures one can adhere to help reduce the spread of the disease include the following.
- First, avoid direct contact with blood, saliva, vomit, urine as well as other bodily fluids of people who are suspected to have the Marburg virus disease.
- Avoid non-essential travel to locations where the outbreak is reported
- Also, avoid the animal reservoir as well as other sick animals.
Currently, the Health Service had not confirmed any treatment or vaccine for Marburg virus disease, nevertheless, Ghanaians are being advised that anyone who has been infected can benefit from supportive care and treatment of specific symptoms which improve the chances of one’s survival.
It is also advised that persons who travel 5o a location where there is an outbreak of MVD or had contact with a sick individual of an unknown source of illness should make sure to observe a self-isolation for not less than 21 days.
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