a mysterious skin disease affects hundreds of fishermen

His skin is marked by mysterious injuries. At least 300 Senegalese fishermen returned from the sea with a skin disease on November 20 in Dakar, the country’s capital. According to the Ministry of Health, this disease could have a “toxic origin”. The first case dates back to November 12.

“For two days, we have seen the emergence in Thiaroye (a port south of Dakar) a so-called mystery disease that attacks fishermen returning from the sea, who often have injuries,” said Senegal’s Minister of Health Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr. “Among these cases, we have 18 who are hospitalized and the rest are cared for in dedicated places ”, explained the minister.

The mysterious infection manifests itself in pimples., sometimes impressive, on the face, arms or genitals. Some patients also have headaches and show slightly elevated temperatures.

No link with Covid-19

To try to discover the origin of the disease, the Environment services analyze sea waterexplained Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr. According to him, “there is no suspicion” that this disease is contagious since “only fishermen who return from the sea are affected” and that there is no contagion at home.

However, any link to Covid-19 is excluded “because Covid tests were negative and we also did not see the presence of viruses“said the Health Minister. The Pasteur Institute and the poison control center of the ministry were asked to analyze the causes of the disease, he said. The trajectory of contamination in the sea is being studied.

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