Richard Akuffo

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BACKGROUND Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever Virus (CCHFV) is a zoonotic virus transmitted by Ixodid ticks and causes Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) disease in humans with up to 50 % mortality rate. METHODS Freshly slaughtered livestock at the Kumasi abattoir in the Ashanti Region of Ghana were examined for the presence of ticks once a month over a(More)
Diarrhea is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Africa and Ghana in particular, it is estimated to contribute directly to 19 and 25% of pediatric mortality among children under 5 years, respectively. Surveillance for hospitalized acute diarrheal illness was initiated in November 2010 through October 2012 in a referral hospital in(More)
BACKGROUND Influenza epidemiology in Africa is generally not well understood. Using syndrome definitions to screen patients for laboratory confirmation of infection is an established means to effectively conduct influenza surveillance. METHODS To compare influenza-related epidemiologic data, from October 2010 through March 2013, we enrolled hospitalized(More)
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