Senegal becomes fifth African nation to be ravaged by Ebola
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
9/1/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
Senegal became the fifth West African nation hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak. That nation's first Ebola patient was a visiting student from the neighboring country of Guinea, where riots have been reported.
Senegal has since banned flights to and from three of the affected countries and shut its land border with Guinea.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A Health Ministry official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the 21-year-old male student crossed into Senegal via its southern border with Guinea. He had been living in the densely populated Dakar suburb of Parcelles Assainies for several weeks. The patient appeared to have a good chance of recovering.
The patient had been under surveillance by health authorities in Guinea because of his contact with Ebola victims but escaped to Senegal.
"We are tracing his whole itinerary and also identifying anyone who had contact with the patient, who now that he has been diagnosed is much more cooperative and supplied all the necessary information," Senegalese Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said.
At least 1,550 people to date have died from the world's most lethal outbreak of Ebola thus far. The World Health Organization said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March.
The non-governmental organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Frontiers has called for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop it.
More than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March and quickly spread across the border to Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Nigeria, six people have died from the disease.
Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed his Health Minister Miatta Kargbo last week over her handling of the epidemic, which has killed more than 400 people in the former British colony.
Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown said that two African healthcare workers treated with the experimental ZMapp Ebola drug would be released from hospital this past weekend, after making a full recovery.
ZMapp, the new "wonder" drug has since cured two American aid workers who contracted the disease in Liberia and has cured all 18 lab monkeys infected with the virus in laboratory tests.
In the meantime, Senegal has since banned flights to and from three of the affected countries and shut its land border with Guinea.
Senegal, a regional hub for U.N. agencies and aid groups, has also refused to give clearance for U.N. aid flights to Ebola-hit countries in a move that humanitarian workers say is hampering their ability to respond to the epidemic.
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