Senegal reports its first case of Ebola

Health authorities have confirmed the diagnosis of Ebola infection in a university student from Guinea who sought treatment at a hospital in Dakar this week. The patient is reported to have had contact with Ebola patients while he was in Guinea. Healthcare workers promptly isolated this patient to prevent further spread of this infection. Further monitoring is required.

There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. For tourists, visitors or residents in affected areas, the risk of infection is considered very low if precautions are followed. Any person in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body), during close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or during contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons in hospital settings.

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