The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has denied reports suggesting the detection of monkeypox in the Western Region.
This came in reaction to a social media post that alleged that the country had recorded its first case of monkeypox in the region.
In a statement released on May 24th, 2022, the GHS urged Ghanaians to disregard such reports.
“The Western region has not recorded any cases of monkeypox. An individual reported to a facility in the Ahanta West Municipality in the Western Region with blisters. Initial assessment of the case is not suggestive of monkeypox. Further investigations are underway. The Regional Health directorate of the Ghana Health Service has enhanced its surveillance activities and will continue to provide the public with timely updates on this issue, ” The statement reads.
Moneypox has been found in over 200 instances throughout the world.
Cases are rapidly spreading across non-endemic countries like Europe and North America.
Monkeypox is caused by the Orthopoxviruses Smallpox, a bigger group of viruses.
Smallpox immunizations protect against monkeypox, but bulk vaccinations against smallpox were stopped in 1980 when the WHO declared the disease eliminated.