#Serological #evidence of #Zika virus #infection in febrile patients at Greater #Accra Regional Hospital, Accra #Ghana (BMC Res Notes, abstract)

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BMC Res Notes. 2019 Jun 10;12(1):326. doi: 10.1186/s13104-019-4371-4.

Serological evidence of Zika virus infection in febrile patients at Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Accra Ghana.

Ankrah GA1, Bonney JHK2, Agbosu EE3, Pratt D3, Adiku TK1,4.

Author information: 1 Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Korle Bu, Accra, Ghana. 2 Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 581, Legon, Accra, Ghana. Kbonney@noguchi.ug.edu.gh. 3 Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 581, Legon, Accra, Ghana. 4 Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana.

 

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Increase in the evidence of global occurrence of Zika viral infection suggests that in Africa the circulation of the virus which causes 80% of asymptomatic infection could be undetected and/or overlooked. We sought to serologically detect Zika virus infection in febrile patients at Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ghana.

RESULTS:

Of the 160 patient serum samples analyzed, 33 were found to have antibodies against Zika virus infection. Among the sero-positives 30 (91%) of the cases were anti-Zika virus IgM with the 21-30-year age group recording the highest number of 8 (26%) and 2 (7%) cases being the least for the 61 years and above age group. All sero-positive febrile patients developed at least one symptom consistent with Zika virus infection: 33 (100%) fever, 25 (76%) muscle pain, 24 (73%) joint pain, and conjunctivitis 2 (6%). Digestive symptoms recorded include 16 (49%) nausea, 12 (36%) vomiting and diarrhea 18 (55%). In addition, 28 (85%) loss of appetite, 14 (75%) rapid respiration and chest pain 15 (42%) were reported by seropositive febrile patients. Our data indicates exposure to Zika virus which suggests the possible circulation of the virus among febrile patients in Ghana with a sero-prevalence rate of 20.6%.

KEYWORDS: Anti-Zika virus immunoglobulins M and G (IgM and IgG) antibodies; Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); Seroprevalence; Zika virus

PMID: 31182146 DOI: 10.1186/s13104-019-4371-4

Keywords: Zika Virus; Serology; Seroprevalence; Ghana.

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