A university student from Guinea, who contracted the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in that country, who traveled to Senegal has become the country’s first Ebola case.

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Ebola fever picture/CDC

According to an Associated Press report today, the student sought treatment at a hospital in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, this week, according to Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck. The young man said he had had contact with Ebola patients while he was in Guinea and was immediately put under quarantine, she said.

The Institut Pasteur performed the confirmatory testing and the World Health Organization was notified.

As of 26 August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in West Africa,  stands at 3,069, including 1,552 deaths. Both Liberia and Sierra Leone have recorded more than 1,000 cases.

The WHO said yesterday the aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6–9 months predicting 20,000 cases in the end. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page