Kasapafmonline.com can authoritatively state that Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) which is the cause of the “strange deaths” at Kumasi Academy Senior High School which has claimed the lives of four students in one week.
Autopsy conducted on the deceased students by Dr. Osei Sampani, Pathologist at the Konfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, according to an investigation by Kasapa News Akwasi Nsiah arrived at this conclusion.
It’s however yet to be determined which of the VHFs which include the Ebola and Marburg virus is causing the deaths.
There were initial reports of meningitis being the cause of the multiple deaths which has thrown the school and its neighbouring communities into a state of fear and panic, but test results from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research have ruled it out.
In total, the number of deaths recorded in the school this year (2017) has hit 11, as seven students died around April.
About Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) are a diverse group of animal and human illnesses in which fever and hemorrhage are caused by a viral infection. VHFs may be caused by five distinct families of RNA viruses: the families Arenaviridae, Filoviridae, Bunyaviridae, Flaviviridae, and Rhabdoviridae. All types of VHF are characterized by fever and bleeding disorders and all can progress to high fever, shock and death in many cases. Some of the VHF agents cause relatively mild illnesses, such as the Scandinavian nephropathia epidemica (a Hantavirus), while others, such as Ebola virus, can cause severe, life-threatening disease.
Signs and symptoms of VHFs include (by definition) fever and bleeding. Manifestations of VHF often also include flushing of the face and chest, small red or purple spots (petechiae), bleeding, swelling caused by edema, low blood pressure (hypotension), and shock. Malaise, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea occur frequently.
The severity of symptoms varies with the type of virus. The “VHF syndrome” (capillary leak, bleeding diathesis, and circulatory compromise leading to shock) appears in a majority of people with filovirus hemorrhagic fevers (e.g., Ebola and Marburg virus), Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), and the South American hemorrhagic fevers caused by arenaviruses, but only in a small minority of patients with dengue, Rift Valley fever, and Lassa fever.