Health Alert: Korle Bu Records 2 Suspected Cases Of Coronavirus

Coronavirus in Ghana
Korle Bu Teaching

Two cases suspected to be the deadly coronavirus have been reported at the Korle Bu Teaching.

The two, a Chinese and an Argentine who have been living together in the country for some days.

They have been isolated at the facility and their blood samples to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for further lab examination.

Dr William Baah, the Greater Accra Divisional Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association made the revelation on Wednesday.

Dr Baah explained that the Chinese left China for Ghana in September 2019 while the Argentine, who was in Shanghai, joined the Chinese counterpart in Ghana in January 2020.

“They’ve all developed some symptoms that fit the case definition [but] it doesn’t mean they have the disease.”

He revealed that the patients initially visited a private facility in Accra and reported the condition and were directed by the medical staff there to report to Korle Bu.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

So far more than 20,000 illnesses and more than 560 deaths in China, as well as more than 200 illnesses and two deaths outside of mainland China.

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