Close-up of a patient's hands, on black background, showing lesions from the monkeypox virus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1997. Courtesy CDC/Mahey et al. (Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed the death of one person from Monkeypox at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

In a statement the Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi also added that they are also monitoring a total of 13 people who might have come into contact with the victim.

He said cases were identified after an investigation of three suspected Monkeypox cases on July 22, 2022.

“This is the first confirmed case in the region. The confirmed case was seen on the 22nd July 2022 at the Upper East Regional Hospital, with a history of fever and skin rash,” he disclosed.

The Regional Director further stated that unfortunately, the person died on 26th July 2022.

“Samples were taken on the 22nd of July 2022 for confirmation at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra. We received feedback on the 28th of July, 2022 indicating the sample tested positive for the Monkeypox disease,” Dr. Kofi Dzotsi added.

Source: Ghana/