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Monday, 2 March 2020

Senegal Confirms First Coronavirus Case

Senegal confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking just the second infection in sub -Saharan Africa amid concerns over the continent’s vulnerability to outbreaks of contagious diseases.
A French man who lives in Senegal visited France in mid - February, contracting the virus before returning to the West African country and being quarantined in the capital Dakar, Senegal ’s Health Minister Diouf Sarr said.
“The results of the tests carried out by the Pasteur Institute in Dakar came back positive,” Sarr told journalists.
“So far the patient's condition has not raised any major concerns.”
The patient, a father of two who has lived in Senegal for more than two years, stayed in the southern French city of Nimes as well as an unspecified ski resort last month, Sarr said.
The man then returned to Senegal on February 26, where he went to a medical centre and registered a fever of 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) as well as a sore throat and headache.
The centre contacted the country's coronavirus alert unit and the patient was quarantined, the minister said.

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