— Domani Spero
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Today, the U.S. Embassy in Dakar issued a security message to U.S. citizens in Senegal concerning the country’s first confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD):
On August 29, the Senegalese Minister of Health and Social Action (MOH) announced the country’s first confirmed case of EVD. At a press conference, the MOH reported that Guinean authorities reached out to Senegalese authorities to advise them about a young Guinean student who is confirmed to have the virus. The student is currently placed in isolation at a local hospital and is in stable condition. At this time, there are no other confirmed cases in Senegal. The Department of State is working with the government of Senegal, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the situation.
— Doctors w/o Borders (@MSF_USA) August 28, 2014
On August 21, the government of Senegal has closed its borders with Guinea. It has also closed air and sea borders for aircraft and ships from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
The State Department has previously issued travel warnings for two countries in the region – Liberia and Sierra Leone– and warned U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to these countries. Due to the lack of available medical resources in these countries and limited availability of medical evacuation options, the U.S. Department of State ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Monrovia and in Freetown. (see U.S. Embassy Sierra Leone Now on Ordered Departure for Family Members #Ebola and U.S. Embassy Liberia Now on Ordered Departure For Family Members, New Travel Warning Issued).
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- Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola (sfgate.com)
- Guinean student is first case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal (trust.org)
- The BBC on the first Ebola case in Senegal (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
- Nigeria closes schools over Ebola (bbc.co.uk)