29 August 2014

Senegal: Health Minister Confirms First Ebola Case

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More than 2,000 people have been infected with Ebola so far and over a thousand people have already died.

Dakar — A young Guinean infected with Ebola virus has been quarantined at the Hospital Fann of Dakar, the Minister of Health and Social Action, Awa Marie Cole Seck announced Friday.

'This 21 year old student at the University in Conakry (Guinea) was reported on August 27 by Guinean officials who had lost track of them, to Senegalese health authorities' said Mrs. Seck during a press conference.

The young person who presented himself at Fann (Hospital) for consultation was showing no signs of bleeding, the minister said, adding that his case is satisfactory and quite stable.

This is the first confirmed case of Ebola in Senegal, which had decided on Aug. 21 to continue to keep borders with Guinea closed, "taking into account the evolution of the Ebola virus, which constitutes a serious problem in global public health".

This measure is extended to air and sea borders for aircraft and ships from the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Adapted and translated from the original French report by Amadou Tall.

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