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Last case of Marburg Virus in Ghana has recovered, health officials say
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Last case of Marburg Virus in Ghana has recovered, health officials say

The last known case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Ghana has fully recovered, health officials announced yesterday. Last month, the World Health Organization confirmed there were three cases of the deadly Marburg Virus. Two people infected with the virus reportedly have died -- an adult male and 14-month-old child. In July, the country confirmed the outbreak of Marburg. MVD is a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola. It has been linked to fruit bats. RELATED: Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana Nearly 200 people who came into contact with the three people infected were followed up with by health experts. None of those people have presented any symptoms of the virus, according to Ghana Health Service. Last month's infections were the second time the Marb...
Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana
News Briefs — Africa

Deadly Marburg virus cases confirmed in Ghana

The first cases of the deadly Marburg virus have been confirmed in Ghana after two people died, health officials announced on Sunday. According to the World Health Organization, tests were conducted on the two infected people in Ghana and returned a positive result on July 10, but needed to be verified by a lab in Senegal for the cases to be confirmed.  The highly infectious disease is similar to Ebola and currently has no cure. The fatality rate is up to nearly 90% for those who have been infected by the virus. Marburg was first discovered in Europe in 1967. The diseases is often transmitted by fruit bats, but can spread from human contact through blood and saliva. The recent confirmed cases are the second outbreak of Marburg in West Africa; the virus was detected in Guinea last ye...
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UK strikes migration deal with Nigeria; Deportees, including LGBT, arrive in Lagos

At least 30 African migrants arrived in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday after the United Kingdom came to an agreement with Nigerian officials to take people who were being deported from the region. It was unclear why the African migrants were removed from the United Kingdom but officials reportedly said they broke laws in the U.K. Among the deportees, 22 were Nigerians. The remaining were Ghanaians who would be transported back to their home country. The United Kingdom has come to similar migration agreements with other African nations, including Ghana and Rwanda. Protests were reported outside of a detention center in England for women. Some of those who were deported were mothers and LGBT people, including those who feared returning to their home countries. More about the deportations c...
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Ghana’s new electronic levy tax met with frustration

Ghana’s new tax levy for electronic payments hasn’t gone off without a hitch. Business owners took to social media to complain about implementation of the e-levy which they say has drawn inaccurate deductions. The controversial e-levy went into effect May 1 and charges a 1.5% tax on all electronic transactions over 100 Ghana cedi ($13 USD). The e-levy was introduced in November. More than 1/3 of payments in Ghana are already made through mobile payment systems. Parliamentary leaders have said the new payment tax will support the economy. The passing of counterfeit money, for example, has been an issue in Ghana’s financial system. The e-levy has been met with criticism since it was announced last year. Tensions over the then-proposed payment system even led to a brawl in parl...