Ghana declares end of Lassa fever outbreak

The first case, reported by a female trader in Accra who had difficulty breathing, skin rashes and passed bloody stools, was referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

Ghana has declared the end of the Lassa fever outbreak that was confirmed on 24 February, following the detection of two cases in the Greater Accra Region.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), a total of 27 confirmed cases, including one death, were recorded during the outbreak.

Several measures have been initiated including self-quarantine of all identified contacts, case management at the Ghana Infectious Disease Centre, risk communication, environmental assessment and surveillance.

The GHS has, however, declared the end of the Lassa Fever outbreak in line with the WHO-recommended mandatory 42 days post-Lassa fever surveillance countdown period from when the last case was discharged.

A statement released by the GHS said, “The Ghana Health Service has entreated the public to reduce the risk of disease spread from wildlife to humans by avoiding contact with wildlife, especially rats.

“The Ghana Health Service will work with local government authorities and the wildlife division to depopulate rats in marketplaces to prevent any re-occurrence of Lassa fever outbreaks.”


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