testing blood samples of suspected Ebola case: official
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[April 07, 2014]
By Kwasi Kpodo
— Health authorities in
Ghana are testing blood samples from a 12-year-old girl who died of
a viral fever with bleeding in the country's first suspected case of
Ebola, officials said on Sunday.
More than 90 people have died of Ebola in Guinea and
Liberia and there is a reported case in Mali. Medical charity
Medicins Sans Frontieres has warned of an unprecedented epidemic in
an impoverished region with weak health services.
Samples from the girl were taken from the Komfo Anokye Teaching
Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana's second-largest city, to a medical
research center in the capital Accra, Dennis Laryea, head of public
health at the teaching hospital, told Reuters.
"We are working around the clock to confirm whether it is that
(Ebola) or not and once we are able to confirm, we'll put all the
necessary information out," Laryea told Reuters, adding that he
hoped for results within 24 hours.
He said the girl died of a viral hemorrhagic fever, which could be
traced to various diseases including Ebola, but declined to give
details about her background.
"I must stress that at this stage it is just a case of fever and
bleeding. The testing of the samples is precautionary," said
hospital spokesman Kwame Frimpong.
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The outbreak in Guinea is the first time the disease, epidemics of
which occur regularly in Central Africa, has appeared in the
country. Infected patients initially went undiagnosed for several
weeks before tests confirmed Ebola.
On Friday, an angry crowd attacked an Ebola treatment center in
Guinea, accusing MSF staff of bringing the disease to the town.
(Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Eric Walsh)
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