Senegal Becomes 5th West African Nation To Record Ebola Case

News outlets report on the first case of Ebola detected in Senegal, the fifth country in West Africa to record a case of the disease.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola hits fifth W. African state as Senegal confirms first case
“The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal…” (Ba, 8/30).

Associated Press: WHO: Senegal Ebola case ‘a top priority emergency’
“The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is ‘a top priority emergency,’ the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar…” (Dione, 8/31).

Associated Press: Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient
“Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease…” (Dione, 9/1).

BBC News: Ebola outbreak: Senegal confirms first case
“Senegal’s health minister has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak. Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters on Friday that a young man from Guinea had traveled to Senegal despite having been infected with the virus…” (8/29).

Reuters: Guinean student is first case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal
“…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…” (8/29).

Reuters: Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea
“The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea’s remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast…” (Ba/Samb, 8/30).

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