Outbreak of H1N1 and hCoVs hit Akuse Methodist SHS

Outbreak of H1N1 and hCoVs hit Akuse Methodist SHS

There is an outbreak of a human coronavirus (hCoVs) and Swine flu (H1N1) at Akuse Methodist Senior High Technical School in Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region.

Starr News has gathered that the cases were recorded from last week. Out of 34 samples taken for testing, 13 students tested positive for H1N1 while 19 tested positive for hCoVs.

The affected students have since been quarantined at the sickbay of the school which is currently congested.

A source at the school expressed worry that the Ghana Health Services is not being swift in providing proper care to the affected students.


The human coronaviruses (hCoVs) are members of the family Coronaviridae, which are enveloped RNA viruses that affect humans, mammals and birds, causing both acute and chronic illnesses.

Four of the seven known human coronaviruses usually cause a mild coryzal illness only, these are HKU1, NL63, OC43, and 229E. hCoVs mostly manifest during the rainy season.

When contacted, the Eastern Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Winfred Ofosu said he will speak to the media after a meeting.

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