Dr. Franklin Bekoe, Head of Diseases and Surveillance at the Ghana Health Service has cautioned Ghanaians to be wary on the consumption of bush meat amid the outbreak of lassa fever.
Ghana has so far recorded one death of the dangerous disease at the Tema General Hospital. The fever has claimed over 40 lives in neighboring Nigeria
The Noguchi Research Center confirmed that a patient that died at the Tema General Hospital died from the dreaded lassa fever yesterday.
Dr. Bekoe urged Ghanaians to be cautious when consuming bush meat since it is a causative factor.
“We are doing the necessary screening at our borders. We sent an alert about two or three weeks ago to let the general public know that we were at risk. We are not stereotyping bush meat but we need to be careful. The virus is in rats. Rats can come into an environment and get into contact with food or any item used by man and that can spread the virus,” he said”.
Ghana has so far recorded one death of the dangerous disease at the Tema General Hospital. The fever has claimed over 40 lives in neighboring Nigeria.