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Fri Aug 29, 2014, 11:48 AM Aug 2014

Senegal (6th African conntry) confirms first Ebola case (1,552 deaths total)

he West African country of Senegal has confirmed its first Ebola case one week after closing its borders with Guinea over fears that the deadly outbreak could spread, the Senegalese Press Agency reported Friday.

Senegal's health minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck, confirmed that a 21-year-old university student from Guinea was infected with the Ebola virus and placed in quarantine in the Fann Hospital in Dakar, the news agency reported.

Officials in Guinea alerted Senegal on August 27 after losing track of the young man, the agency reported.

The young man, who doesn't have any signs of bleeding, went to the hospital for a check up, the agency said. His condition is stable.

On August 21, Senegal closed its borders with Guinea over fears of the Ebola outbreak, the deadliest ever. The closure includes any aircraft and ships traveling to Senegal from Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia.The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.


This marks the 6th country in Africa to report a case of Ebola. The Congo reported cases earlier this week, but it is believed to be an independent outbreak.

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