Friday 29 August 2014

#Ebolaupdate; Senegal records first case of Ebola

Senegal Ebola
Senegal's health Minister..

Awa Marie Coll Seck, Senegal's Minister of Health has confirmed the country's first case of Ebola today Friday 29th August 2014 

The minister at a press briefing made it known that a male university student from Guinea, travelling to the country with the disease, was the index case. He went to a hospital in Dakar, the country's capital, on Tuesday, though doctors did not know that he was infected as he  concealed that he had had close contact with Ebola victims in his home country.

By Wednesday, a disease surveillance team in Guinea alerted authorities that they lost contact with a person who had been under watch after contact with sick persons three weeks prior. 

They suspected the young man was the missing person, eventually tracking him to the hospital in Dakar.

 Guinean authorities said the student from the Guinean capital, Conakry, had disappeared three weeks ago while under surveillance for having  had close contact with Ebola victims

 He was immediately quarantined, and is said to be in "satisfactory" condition. At this time they do not know how the young man entered the country.

Senegal is now the fifth West African country affected by the EbolaVirus Disease outbreak coming behind Guinea,Liberia,Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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