The Ministry of Health in a press conference on Thursday attributed the cause of deaths at the school to Influenza A virus H1N1, but the Ghana Health Service said that it would be too early to rule out other potential causes as well.
The Ministry of Health in a press conference on Thursday attributed the cause of deaths at the school to Influenza A virus H1N1.
Tests by the Noguchi Memorial Institute indicate that the ailments at the school were caused by Influenza type A, but the Director of Public Health at GHS, Dr. Badu Sarkodie said that it would be too early to rule out other potential causes as well.
“If somebody should die unfortunately, there are specific changes in the normal anatomy that makes you think that those are the changes that led to the deaths. The bleeding could be Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) which you can also have in the flu and in Meningitis. What are the changes in the body internally which the physical examination may not pick? With the blood samples that were taken to the lab, they should all complement and make the story complete,” he said on Accra-based Citi FM.
He added:“For now, we have enough information to say that it is the flu that is causing the outbreak. We have one condition in mind but it could be more. As scientists what we say is that let’s study As it happened the other time, we confirmed Meningitis. Now if it happens to be something else or more than one issue, you need to take a detailed assessment.”