KUMACA deaths: Doctors suspect bacterial infection after ruling out meningitis 

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The Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, has revealed that meningitis is not the cause of  recent  mysterious deaths at Kumasi Academy.

 Three first-year students of the Kumasi Academy, who died under mysterious circumstances within 48 hours.

Three more students of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) were confirmed dead Tuesday morning, following the death of three others last week.

However, addressing the media Tuesday, Mr Tenkorang said, “we have done all the tests for meningitis. They are negative, so it shows that the condition is not meningitis.”

Heath officials are now checking if a bacterial infection is responsible for the deaths   

“We suspect that, most probably, there was an atypical bacterial infection, and that is the reason why we have this crisis. From the pathologist report, we believe there was an infection and most probably, it is a bacterial infection, and because of the fatalities, it is one of the atypical bacteria that we are dealing with,” Mr Tenkorang said.

“From there, we will do an intensive survey in the school. We will scan the entire environment, we will investigate the kitchen, investigate every staff and the environment to see if there is any infection hiding somewhere that is causing this problem,” he added.

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com