First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal as spread of deadly virus rapidly accelerates

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A fifth African country, Senegal, has confirmed its first case of Ebola after a young man tested positive for the virus following admittance to a hospital in Dakar, the nation’s capital. The UK’s Telegraph reports that the man, a student, had just gotten back from a trip to Guinea when he fell ill with symptoms, failing to report that he had come into contact with infected individuals back in his home country.

Guinean authorities say the student was immediately put under surveillance but disappeared for three weeks after that. He later emerged and was placed under medical care, with tests confirming that he had become infected with the deadly illness.

“The results of tests carried out by the Pasteur Institute in Dakar were positive (for Ebola),” stated health minister Awa Marie Coll Seck.

Guinea is where the first reported case of Ebola was identified during the current outbreak. A two-year-old boy, according to The Huffington Post, died from Ebola on December 6, 2013, and just three months later, the death toll jumped to 66. By April, the disease had already crossed the border into Liberia, and today it has been confirmed in at least five countries.

“Currently in Guinea, all the new cases, all the new epidemic, are linked to people that are coming back from Liberia or from Sierra Leone,” stated Marc Poncin, the emergency coordinator from Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, to ABC News. “Everything we do is too small and too late. We’re always running after the epidemic.”

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