Ghana finally issues Ebola alert after deaths in Congo

Ghana finally issues Ebola alert after deaths in Congo

- The Ghana Health Service has issued a red alert on Ebola

- Ebola outbreak has been recorded in the Congo

- The GHS says Ghanaians must handle meat with extra care

The Ghana Health Service has issued a stern warning to the general public regarding the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

YEN.com.gh has revealed how the outbreak of Ebola in Congo has not just caused the death of 17 persons but also sent all countries sharing boundaries with.

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“We in Ghana have been alerted and we are putting all our surveillance in place. We are also on high alert and the ports and borders are all alerted and the Regional and District Directors are alerted on the signs and symptoms of Ebola,” the director general of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare has revealed in an interview with Joy FM.

So far, the virus has not been detected in the country but fears are that poor surveillance and porous borders could spark a possible outbreak.

Meanwhile, signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches. This follows with vomiting, diarrhea and rash usually follow, along with the decreased function of the liver and kidneys.

The preventive measures include handling potentially infected bushmeat only while wearing protective clothing and by thoroughly cooking it before eating it.

But just as Ghana is battling against the appearance of Ebola in the country, the health service is also predicting an imminent outbreak of Cholera in the country especially as the rains have started.

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“Cholera is one of the diseases of national concern because of the potential it has to cause outbreaks and major epidemics. The risk for cholera outbreak is very high,” the statement said.

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