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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:15 am 
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Media reports confirm the first Ebola case in Senegal ex-Guinea. University student in Conakry who escape surveillance and appeared at Fann Hospital in Dakar, Senegal.

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Senegal Confirms Its 1st Case of Ebola
Associated Press 8:45 AM ET
The infected person is a young man from Guinea

(DAKAR, Senegal) — Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

The outbreak that has killed more than 1,500 people began last year in Guinea, which shares a border with Senegal. Since then, the disease has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. At least 3,000 people have contracted the virus.

The arrival of the dreaded disease in Senegal, whose capital Dakar is a major transportation hub for the region, is likely to increase fears about the disease’s uncontrolled spread even further.

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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First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal - health minister

Source: Reuters - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:31 GMT

DAKAR, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told a news conference on Friday.

The minister said the case was a Guinean national who had arrived from the neighbouring West African country, where the deadly virus was first detected in March. (Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Emma Farge)

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Senegal's health ministry has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak.

Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters on Friday that a young man from Guinea was confirmed to have contracted the virus.

The man was immediately placed in quarantine, she added.

The current outbreak, which began in Guinea, has killed more than 1,500 people across the region.

At least 3,000 people have been infected with the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned it could get much worse and infect more than 20,000 people.

Senegal had previously closed its border with Guinea in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, but its borders are porous.

It had also banned flights and ships from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the three worst-hit countries.

Separately on Friday, residents of Guinea's second largest city, Nzerekore, rioted after its main market was sprayed with disinfectant in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

The exact cause of the riot is not clear - some also reportedly feared the spray would spread Ebola.

A 24-hour curfew is currently in place in the city.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:28 am 
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Senegal Confirms Its 1st Case of Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal — Aug 29, 2014, 9:26 AM ET
By BABACAR DIONE Associated Press

A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,5000 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

The infected person is a university student from Guinea who sought treatment at a hospital in Senegal's capital, Dakar, this week, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters. The young man said he had had contact with Ebola patients while he was in Guinea and was immediately put under quarantine, she said.

Tests from the Institut Pasteur have confirmed that he has Ebola, and the World Health Organization has been alerted.

The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa began last year in Guinea. Since then, the disease has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. At least 3,000 have contracted the disease, which is spread by bodily fluids and for which there is no known cure.

The arrival of the dreaded disease in Senegal, which is a tourist destination and whose capital is a major transportation hub for the region, underscores that the outbreak is not under control, despite efforts by the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and other organizations.

WHO on Friday said the past week has seen the highest increase of cases — more than 500 — since the outbreak began.

It is not clear how or when the young man came to Senegal, which has closed its border with Guinea. But Seck said that this week an epidemiological surveillance team from Guinea alerted Senegalese authorities that they had lost track of a person who had had contact with the sick. The team said this person may have come to Senegal.

Seck said authorities have determined that the young man now in quarantine is one who fled.

WHO, which is 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.

But a top official from Doctors Without Borders, which is running many of the Ebola treatment centers, said the agency wasn't doing enough.

"The World Health Organization can't handle" the outbreak, Mego Terzian, the group's president for France, told France Inter radio. "I don't see how with the current measures how we're going to control the outbreak and stop the outbreak."

He called for a far greater response from the international community, saying the U.N. Security Council should take up the matter and noting that there are countries with military medical units that could be useful.

In a detailed report Friday, WHO said more than 500 cases were recorded over the past week, by far the worst toll of any week so far. The week before, around 400 new cases were reported.

Most new cases are in Liberia, but the agency said it was also the highest number of cases in one week for Guinea and Sierra Leone. Nigeria has recorded a small number of cases.

"There are serious problems with case management and infection prevention and control," the report said. "The situation is worsening in Liberia and Sierra Leone."

Neither of those countries has enough space in treatment centers to handle the tremendous and increasing number of cases, it said.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:33 am 
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Urgent - the Senegal recorded his first Ebola case
This is confirmed Senegal recorded its first case of Ebola patient. This is a Guinean national who is on vacation on our soil. He is currently detained at the Department of Infectious Diseases Fann. The Minister of Health, Awa Marie Coll Seck will soon give the details of this unfortunate news.


Urgent - the Senegal recorded his first Ebola case


The important statement that the Minister of Health, Awa Marie Coll Seck should do in a few minutes is to announce the first case of Ebola patient in Senegal. haemorrhagic fever could penetrate our borders despite the closure decision. The person is from Guinea. She came on holiday in Senegal, carrying the baggage in the virus. She is currently detained at the Department of Infectious Diseases of Fann. government had that assurance that he would play the card of transparency. This, after suspected cases of Fann hospital and that of Ourossogui which proved ultimately negative. Minister of Health and Social Welfare will face in a few minutes at the National and International press. The conference room of the Ministry where this writing, is currently overrun by journalists of national and international media. PressAfrik information held yesterday. Its source at the Fann Hospital is formal. However with the very sensitive nature of the issue, we could not give the information. And yet, we attempted to contact the authorities of the Ministry of Health as the Director of Prevention, Dr. Mamadou Ndiaye El Hadji who is out of the country and the communication cell. But our attempts were unsuccessful, certainly, the news should be announced by the highest authority as Dr. Ka Dayi of the infectious diseases hospital Fann said.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:39 am 
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A young Guinean infected with Ebola virus is quarantined at the Fann Hospital in Dakar, announced Friday, the Minister of Health and Social Action, Awa Marie Coll Seck. If this student, 21 years at a university in Conakry, was reported on August 27, health authorities Senegalese by Guinean officials who had lost track of him, said Mr Seck during a press conference. A youth who had presented at the Fann Hospital for consultation showed no signs of bleeding, said the minister. He was quarantined. This is the first Ebola cases confirmed in Senegal. With APS

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:48 am 
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Guinean student is first case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal
DAKAR Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:23am EDT

(Reuters) - Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, became the region's fifth country to confirm a case of Ebola on Friday after a student arrived from neighboring Guinea carrying the disease.

Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told a news conference the young man had turned up for treatment at a hospital in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Tuesday but concealed that he had had close contact with victims in his home country.

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

"The results of tests carried out by the Pasteur Institute in Dakar were positive (for Ebola)," the minister said.

The worst ever outbreak of the deadly virus, first detected in the jungles of southeast Guinea in March, has killed more than 1,550 people. Most of these were in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, but six people have also died in Nigeria.

Dakar is a regional hub for U.N. agencies and aid groups serving the Sahel region of West Africa. It also serves as a regional base for many companies, from financial services to banking and tobacco.

In an effort to insulate itself from the worst ever Ebola epidemic, Senegal announced last week it was closing its southern land border with Guinea. It also banned flights to and from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, but not Nigeria.

(Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Emma Farge and Tom Heneghan)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:34 am 
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A first case of Ebola found in Senegal
AFP AUGUST 29, 2014 AT 15:08

A young Guinean infected with the virus traveled to Senegal after leaving his country. Quarantined, it would nevertheless "in a satisfactory condition."

First Ebola patient was identified in Senegal, a young Guinean, who has been placed in quarantine, said Friday the Senegalese Minister of Health, Awa Marie Coll Seck. Guinean health services had reported Wednesday "the disappearance of a person infected with Ebola virus would have visited Senegal person" , said the minister at a press conference. "The person has been located at the 'Fann (Dakar, ed.) This is a young Guinean who was immediately quarantined " , has she added.

"The results of the tests at the Pasteur Institute were positive" , said Awa Marie Coll Seck, adding that the patient was in a "satisfactory condition" . "The system was strengthened to prevent spread of the disease from this imported case " , assured the minister.

This is the first confirmed case in Senegal, bordering Guinea, one of three countries primarily affected by Ebola , after several false alarms.

According to the Minister of Health, the young Guinean is a student at a university in Conakry and was gone for three weeks before the teams Guinean epidemiological surveillance inform Senegal. "We're taking back the entire route and review all the people who have been in contact " with the patient, she has said.

The Senegal had yet closed on August 21 its borders with Guinea because of the epidemic, more than three months after it reopened. "This measure is extended to air and sea borders for aircraft and ships from the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia " , had said the Interior Ministry.

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Ebola crisis: Senegal becomes fifth West African country to confirm case of deadly virus
Updated 30 Aug 2014, 12:09am
Sat 30 Aug 2014, 12:09am

Senegal has become the fifth West African country to confirm a case of Ebola after a student arrived from neighbouring Guinea carrying the disease.

Health minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said the young man had turned up for treatment at a hospital in the Senegalese capital of Dakar but concealed that he had had close contact with victims in his home country.

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

The victims of the Ebola outbreak are not just those who have died, but entire communities left behind to try and rebuild.
"The results of tests carried out by the Pasteur Institute in Dakar were positive (for Ebola)," the minister said.

The current outbreak of the deadly virus, first detected in the jungles of south-east Guinea in March, is the most severe ever seen.

At least 2,500 people have been infected, with more than 1,550 people killed.

Most of these were in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia but six people have also died in Nigeria.

Senegal is a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, with Dakar the regional hub for UN agencies and aid groups serving the Sahel region of West Africa.

The capital also serves as a regional base for many companies, from financial services to banking and tobacco.

In an effort to insulate itself from the current Ebola epidemic, Senegal announced last week it was closing its southern land border with Guinea.

It had also banned flights to and from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, but not Nigeria.

A WHO spokesman tells NewsRadio the worst of the Ebola outbreak is yet to come. Listen to the interview.
Different strain of Ebola in Congo

African health officials met in Ghana to discuss their response to the outbreak, which has laid bare the flaws in healthcare across the continent.

It now seems there has also been an outbreak of a different strain of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, close to where Ebola first emerged in the 1970s.

The country declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, health minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.

A mysterious disease has killed dozens of people in Equateur in recent weeks but the WHO said on Thursday it was not Ebola.

"I declare an Ebola epidemic in the region of Djera, in the territory of Boende in the province of Equateur," Mr Kabange Numbi told a news conference.

The region lies about 1,200 kilometres north of the capital Kinshasa.

Mr Kabange Numbi said that one of the two cases that tested positive was for the Sudanese strain of the disease, while the other was a mixture between the Sudanese and the Zaire strain - the most lethal variety.

The West Africa outbreak is the Zaire strain.

The WHO said last week the disease which had killed at least 70 people in Equateur was a kind of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.

A WHO spokesperson said the UN health agency could not confirm the results of the tests announced on Sunday, which were carried out by the Congolese authorities.

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