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H3N2 Invades Lower Manya Krobo Municipality

A strange disease confirmed to be a seasonal flu type – A H3N2 has attacked three Senior High Schools in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region.

A deep throat source confirmed to joydaddymyltimedia.com that a total of 126 students of Krobo Girls SHS, Akuse Methodist SHS and Legacy Girls College, a private SHS within the municipality has been quarantined while a team of health officials from national and the region together with the district health personnel are treating them.

Out of the total, 100 cases were recorded at Krobo Girls SHS, 10 at Amuse Methodist SHS and 16 were recorded at the Legacy SHS.

25 of the 100 students quarantine at Krobo Girls SHS, this online can confirm have been treated and discharged while the remaining are undergoing surveillance test.

Meanwhile, management of Legacy SHS has organized their own medical team who are attending to the patients.

The source told this website in a telephone interview that the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Simon Tetteh visited Krobo Girls SHS on Sunday at about 2: 00 pm to access the situation bit was not allowed entry into the quarantine room.

He was rather told to come today, Monday as the medical team will be available to brief him and take him into the quarantine room.

Efforts to reach the MCE via telephone has proved futile as at the time of filing this report.

Some parents who had information about the outbreak and rushed to the school seeking to take their wards home were also denied access.

Meanwhile, the source said the medical team have managed to stabilize the situation.

Meanwhile, a joint release issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service authenticated by Dr Asiedu Bekoe, the Head of Surveillance Unit confirmed the outbreak.

The release read “The Ghana Health Service (GHS) received a report of an unusually high number of suspected flu cases in three (3) secondary schools (Akuse Methodist Secondary School, Krobo Girls Secondary School and Legacy School (Private)) in Lower-Manya-Krobo District of Eastern Region on Thursday 31st October 2019”.

Consequently, teams of experts from the National and Regional Levels were dispatched to support the affected Districts, to verify and assess the situation and provide a response actions as appropriate.

“The teams have met with the respective school authorities and took samples from affected students for laboratory testing. The test confirmed seasonal flu Type-A H3N2 which responds well to the current treatment regimen for flu management”.

 “The affected students were given the needed medication and told to stick to common hygienic practices such as the washing of hands with soap under running water and observe common cough etiquette such as covering  your mouth with a handkerchief before you cough or sneeze to prevent further spread*

All the affected students have responded well to treatment and are doing very well as at today, Sunday 3rd November 2019 and normalcy has been restored to the school, students are going about their daily routines.

Dr. Bekoe however said, the situation is under control and encourage parents not to panic, but rather advise their wards to cooperate with the health and school authorities, practice and enhance personal hygiene and cough etiquette as suggested by the health teams.

Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 (A/H3N2) is a subtype of viruses that causes influenza (flu). H3N2 viruses can infect birds and mammals. In birds, humans, and pigs, the virus has mutated into many strains. In years in which H3N2 is the predominant strain, there is more hospitalization.

Source: David Sackey

 

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