Friday, 29 August 2014

Senegal Confirms 1st Case Of Ebola In The Country

Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said today. The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

Guinean health services had reported on Wednesday “the disappearance of a person infected with Ebola who reportedly travelled to Senegal”, Senegalese health minister Awa Marie Coll-Seck said.
She said the infected patient was a young Guinean man who was immediately quarantined at a Dakar hospital, where he was in a “satisfactory condition”.

The minister said “plans were being reinforced to prevent the disease from spreading from this major case”.

The patient is a university student in Conakry who had disappeared three weeks ago from the Guinean capital. Authorities are trying to piece together where he went, and all the people he encountered.
It is the first case of Ebola in Senegal, which has claimed more than 1,500 lives in four other west African nations — Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

The World Health Organization has warned that the outbreak is worsening and offered new evidence of its acceleration Friday, saying the past week has seen the highest increase of cases since the outbreak began.

The U.N. health agency has warned that the disease could eventually infect 20,000 people, and unveiled a plan Thursday to stop transmission in the next six to nine months.

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