4 human rabies cases detected in Ashanti Region, case fatality rate 100% – Health Directorate warns
The Ghana Health Service in the Ashanti Region has warned of a rise in rabies cases and deaths across three Regions of the Region.
The districts with reported cases include Asante Akim South, Bosomtwe and Kwabre East with a total of 4 confirmed cases, one probable case and a case fatality rate of 100%.
A statement signed by Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang called for enhanced community/public sensitization on rabies, improve case search for rabies in the facilities.
It also called for follow up and treatment cases of dog bites as well liaising with Veterinary officers in your districts for dog vaccination activities.
The case definition of human rabies according to the health directorate include “headache, neck pain, nausea, fever, fear of water, anxiety, agitations, abnormal tingling sensations and pain at the wound site”.
The statement was directed to all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Directors of Health Service, Medical Superintendents of district hospitals and polyclinics as well as the Medical Director for the Kumasi South Hospital.