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Child infected with Marburg virus dies in Ghana

A child who contracted the highly infectious Ebola-like Marburg virus in Ghana has died, a World Health Organization official has said.

The death on Tuesday brings the total number of fatalities in the country to three since Ghana registered its first-ever outbreak of the disease last month. The outbreak is only the second in West Africa, after the first was detected last year in Guinea.

So far, the Ghanaian health ministry has only reported three confirmed cases and further testing remains to be done on a fourth suspected case, Fall said.

The first two cases, in southern Ghana’s Ashanti region, both had symptoms including diarrhoea, fever, nausea and vomiting, before dying in hospital, the WHO said previously.



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