Published On: Mon, Apr 7th, 2014

Ebola ‘ruled out’ in Ghana girl, Guinea and Liberia numbers grow

The suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a young girl in Ghana has been ruled out by laboratory testing , according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update today.

Ebola virus  Image/CDC

Ebola virus Image/CDC

The WHO reports that The Ministry of Health of Ghana has excluded EVD in a 12 year old girl who died of an acute febrile illness in Kumasi City and who was reported in the media as a suspected case of ebolavirus infection.  Laboratory testing of her clinical samples was conducted at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana in Accra.

Elsewhere in West Africa, the number of  clinically compatible cases reported by the Guinea Ministry of Health is up to 151, which includes 95 fatalities.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Liberia has reported a cumulative total of 5 laboratory confirmed cases and 16 suspected and probable cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 10 deaths. All 5 laboratory confirmed cases have died.

Health officials in Mali reported to the WHO a cumulative total of 6 suspected cases as of 7 April. Two of the cases have been ruled out by negative laboratory analysis by the US CDC. Samples from the 4 remaining suspected cases have today been sent to CDC and the Institut Pasteur, Dakar, for testing.

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