Hundreds of fishermen in Senegal affected by mysterious skin disease

“Nthe last two days, we have witnessed the appearance in the Thiaroye [um porto a sul de Dacar], of a mysterious disease that attacks fishermen returning from the sea, to whom injuries often appear “, the minister said to the press, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr.

The media has shown men, all fishermen, with faces, mouths or members with numerous bubbles.

“Until the date, we detected more than 300 cases and identification continues as fishermen return from the sea. Of these cases, 18 are hospitalized and the others are being treated in their own places “, explained the minister.

The Pasteur Institute and the center antiveneno Ministry officials were asked to analyze the causes of the disease, he added. Sarr.

“What we can say today is that it is in no way related to the covid-19, because the tests were negative, and we also did not see the presence of the virus, which obviously can make us think of a toxic origin “, underlined the official, according to which the environmental services will analyze the Water of the sea.

According to the Minister of Health, “there is no suspicion” that the disease is contagious, since “only fishermen returning from the sea are affected“and there is no spread at home.

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