Otago Daily Times

Hun­dreds of fish­er­men get dis­ease

- Health · Fishing · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies · Dakar · Senegal

DAKAR: More than 500 fish­er­men in Sene­gal have con­tracted a mys­te­ri­ous skin dis­ease af­ter re­turn­ing from sea, a senior govern­ment health of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

The men, who come from fish­ing towns around Dakar, have been placed in quar­an­tine for treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to Ous­mane Gu­eye, na­tional director of health in­for­ma­tion and education.

‘‘It’s a der­mati­tis as­so­ci­ated with an in­fec­tious dis­ease,’’ Gu­eye said. ‘‘We . . . hope to find out soon what it is.’’

A min­istry of health re­port dated Novem­ber 17 said the men had ‘‘le­sions on their faces, ex­trem­i­ties and for some, on their gen­i­tals’’. They were also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing headaches and show­ing slightly el­e­vated tem­per­a­tures.

The first case was re­ported on Novem­ber 12. The 20­year­old showed symp­toms that in­cluded a rash, swelling of the face, dry lips and red eyes.

The Sene­galese navy would col­lect wa­ter sam­ples for anal­y­sis, Gu­eye said. — Reuters

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