The Ghana Health Service is currently monitoring 13 persons who came into contact with an individual who contracted the monkey pox virus and subsequently died in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East.
The Regional Directorate of the GHS made this known in a statement.
The Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, disclosed that the confirmed case was identified after an investigation of three suspected Monkeypox cases on July 22, 2022.
“This is the first confirmed case in the region. The confirmed case was seen on the 22nd July 2022 at the Upper East Regional Hospital, with a history of fever and skin rash. Unfortunately, the [person] died on 26th July 2022,” he said.
“Samples were taken on the 22nd of July 2022 for confirmation at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra. We received feedback on the 28th of July, 2022 indicating the sample tested positive for the Monkeypox disease.”
He explained that the 13 contacts are currently being monitored but added that no additional case of Monkeypox has been recorded as of July 31, 2022.
Dr. Dzotsi added that measures have been adopted to contain any further spread of the disease.
He stated that the Directorate has increased its surveillance of Monkeypox disease through awareness creation.