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20 December 2011

Epidemic Hazard in Ghana on Monday, 19 December, 2011 at 14:03 (02:03 PM) UTC.

A strange disease is said to have killed two persons in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region. Laffa viral hemorrhagic fever has symptoms similar to malaria but causes victims to bleed to death. It is highly contagious and passed on from infected rodents like mice. “About two months ago, a young man of 19 years came to our health centre here and complained of malaria, so we treated him for malaria but suddenly, blood started coming from the nose, the mouth, the anus and the ears, and immediately he died …it is the first of it’s kind in Ghana,” Municipal Director of Health in the Amansie West District, Dominic Brobbey said. He said the situation is currently under control, but warns there are no drugs to treat the disease in Ghana. He is therefore urging government to speed up efforts to acquire drugs needed to prevent further deaths.

- RSOE