The Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed that a 12-year-old girl who died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital did not die from the deadly Ebola virus. This has allayed fears that Ghana had recorded its first case of the virus.
Blood sample from the girl was sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for tests and confirmation.
Tony Goodman, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, has revealed that tests carried out on the girl’s blood proved negative.
The 12-year-old girl was first admitted at the pediatric unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi with symptoms of fever and bleeding.
About Ebola Virus
Ebola is one of the most deadly viral diseases known. Up to 90% of people who contract Ebola die. Cases have been confirmed in Guinea and Liberia in West Africa.
Ebola is passed through close contact with bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva and sweat, of an infected person or animal. The disease can be transmitted through sex, as well.
Ebola virus disease often is accompanied by a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. The is no vaccine against it and there is no known cure.