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Ghana confirms its first monkeypox death

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Health authorities in Ghana have confirmed the first death from the monkeypox virus.

The infected person who had exhibited symptoms of fever and skin rash was a military officer who died three days after going to hospital in north-eastern Ghana.

Thirteen people, who are believed to have interacted with the deceased, are in isolation and are currently being monitored.

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Health authorities say they have initiated the necessary measures, including heightened surveillance and awareness creation, to contain the spread of the virus.

Ghana has so far recorded over 30 cases of the virus in seven regions of the country and 50% of these cases have been recorded in Greater Accra, the region of the country’s capital.

The World Health Organisation recently designated the disease as a public health emergency of international concern.—BBC

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