Otago Daily Times

Hundreds of fishermen get disease

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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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