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A3 INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IN THREE  SCHOOLS IN THE EASTERN REGION

Three students from separate school in the Eastern Region have been quarantined by health professionals for A3 Influenza. The students who reported similar symptoms to school authorities are confirmed to have tested positive for the virus after preliminary test were carried out.

The affected schools are Krobo Girls’ SHS, Legacy Girls College and the Akuse Methodist Senior Technical School. Health workers confirmed in an interview that affected students unknowingly infected other students when they attended classes.

Influenza A3 is a variant of the influenza virus, also known as the “seasonal flu”. It contains strains of influenza of avian and human varieties. influenza A3 is transmitted in much the same way that other similar influenza variants are transmitted.

Particles from an infected person can be encountered through physical contact, airborne particles, or contact with surfaces and objects that have become infected.  Although it is highly contagious, flu infection is rarely fatal for healthy adults and most children.

Common symptoms include cough, fever, sore, running nose, sore throat, fever, chills, fatigue and vomiting. There are vaccines available to prevent the endemic outbreak and spread of disease such as A3 influenza.

According to the Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Albert Antobreh-Boateng the outbreak was recorded after students from the said schools – all within the Lower Manya Krobo District – participated in a debate competition.

In an interview with city news, Dr Antobreh-Boateng said the situation is currently under control and expressed optimism that all the affected students would be able to resume lessons next week.

Source: Ghanaweb.com

 

November 4, 2019

1 responses on "A3 INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IN THREE  SCHOOLS IN THE EASTERN REGION"

  1. I hope it doesn’t cause any casualties

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