Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Marburg: 2 cases in July 2022

 On 28 June 2022, two suspected viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) cases were notified to health authorities in the Ashanti region, Ghana (Figure 1). This region is located in the middle belt of Ghana and is the most populated region in the country.  

The first case was a 26-year-old male who was a farm worker in Adansi North district, Ashanti region with a travel history to the Western region. Prior to symptom onset on 24 June, he arrived from the Western region to Ashanti region. He sought care at a hospital on 26 June and died on 27 June. The case was transported and buried in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district, Savannah region, which borders both Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. The burial was conducted before the results of laboratory tests for MVD were available. 

The second case was a 51-year-old male who was a farm worker in Bekwai Municipal, Ashanti region. He sought care at the same hospital as the first case on 28 June but died the same day.  

Both cases presented with fever, general malaise, bleeding from the nose and mouth, and subconjunctival bleeding (bleeding of the blood vessels in the eyes). Blood samples were collected on 27 June for the first case and 28 June for the second case and sent to Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medicine Research (NMIMR) for testing. On 1 July, both cases tested positive for Marburg virus by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).  On 12 July, samples collected from the two cases were sent to Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal (IPD) which confirmed the results from NMIMR on 14 July 2022. 

Figure 1. Region of the two confirmed cases of Marburg virus disease reported in Ghana, as of 20 July 2022

WHO, Ghana reports first-ever suspected cases of Marburg virus disease, 7 July 2022:  

Tue, 28 June 2022 after sunset = 30th of Sivan, 5782
ל׳ בְּסִיוָן תשפ״ב
🌒 Rosh Chodesh Tamuz 🌒
Parashat Korach in the Diaspora
Parashat Chukat in Israel

Parashat Chukat 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת חֻקַּת
2 July 2022 / 3 Tamuz 5782 (Israel)

Parashat Chukat is the 39th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Numbers 19:1-22:1 
Chukat (“Law Of”) opens by describing the process of burning the red heifer and using its ashes for purification. It also tells the stories of the deaths of Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ striking of a rock to bring forth water, a plague of venomous snakes, and battles against the Emorite kings Sihon and Og

Fri, 22 July 2022 = 23rd of Tamuz, 5782
כ״ג בְּתַמּוּז תשפ״ב
Parashat Pinchas in the Diaspora
Parashat Matot in Israel

Parashat Matot 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת מַּטּוֹת
23 July 2022 / 24 Tamuz 5782 (Israel)

Parashat Matot is the 42nd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Numbers 30:2-32:42 
Matot (“Tribes”) opens with laws about vows, and continues to describe the Israelites’ war against the Midianites and the allocation of spoils. The tribes of Reuben and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel, and Moses acquiesces on the condition that they help conquer it

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