The Ghana Health Service has sent out a health alert about an outbreak of rabies in Ghana after hearing about cases in the Ashanti Region.
According to the Ghana Health Centre, infections have been reported in at least three districts in the Ashanti Region, including Asante Akim South, Bosomtwe, and Kwabre East.
According to the research, the outbreak’s fatality rate was 100% as of September 12, 2022, when four canines had contracted the sickness and all of them had died.
The service reported an increase in confirmed rabies outbreaks and deaths in three districts in the Ashanti Region. “The Regional Health Directorate draws the attention of all health facilities,” the service said.
As a result, it asked all medical facilities nationwide to start implementing the essential safeguards against the virus.
The document continued by advising the facilities to be alert for any suspected cases of people who exhibit symptoms including headaches, neck pain, nausea, fever, fear of water, anxiety, agitation, unusual tingling sensations, pain at the site of a wound, or contact with a rabid animal.
The Ghana Health Service also told all of the Regional Health Directorates to increase community and public rabies awareness campaigns, improve case searches for rabies in the facilities, follow up on and treat all dog bite cases, and work with district veterinary officers on dog vaccination campaigns.