Ghana has recorded five cases of monkeypox in the Eastern, Western and Greater Accra regions.
This was confirmed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, at a press briefing on Wednesday, June 8.
Monkeypox cases in this outbreak have involved a rash (often in the genital and peri-anal regions), and may also include other symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, and pain when swallowing, before or after the rash appearance. Most infections last two to four week.
Monkeypox spreads through respiratory droplets or by contact with fluid from skin sores. Anyone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox, or who suspects they might have it, should avoid close contact with others.
Once the sores scab over, the infected person is no longer contagious. In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox.
Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not.