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Update on Ebola Outbreak in Senegal

Tests on the 27-year-old man, who was suspected of carrying the Ebola virus and is currently admitted at Matam Hospital in northern Senegal, showed negative, and his health condition has improved. This was announced by Dr. Dodou Sene, chief medical doctor at Matam Hospital to Senegalese news media on Monday.

Meanwhile, Cote d’Ivoire on Monday announced the banning of all flights from Ebola-affected areas. Other reports said Benin has two suspected cases, and the blood tests are being carried out by French doctors in Paris. A German national who is a student, and is currently in Liberia on holidays, contracted the virus and has been returned to Rwanda, where he lives.The latest report by the Health minister is that Nigeria has 10 new Ebola suspect cases.

UK tour operator, The Gambia Experience said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has not yet affected their sales figures for the 2014/2015 tourist season. Some of the stakeholders in the tourism industry also insist that The Gambia is a safe destination, and revealed that the government has implemented a surveillance program to monitor people from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

According to the World Health Organization, the deadly virus is spreading faster than efforts to control it. Ebola has already killed more than 800 people in countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

To date, no confirmed case of Ebola has been reported in The Gambia and neighboring Senegal.


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