The deadly Ebola virus outbreak spread to the Senegal, as riots broke out in southeastern Guinea, where the infection rates are rising rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) said cases of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic started in West Africa in March.
More than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was discovered in the remote jungle region of southeastern Guinea in March. It spread across the border to Sierra Leone, where more than 400 people were killed, and Liberia. Six people died in Nigeria.
Senegal’s first case is a 21-year-old male student from Guinea, who crossed into Senegal and had been living in the Dakar suburb of Parcelles Assainies for weeks. His prognosis for recovery is reportedly quite good.