Some 500 fishermen in Senegal have developed a mysterious pores and skin illness of unknown origin in current days, prompting a serious investigation as authorities rush to establish the supply.

All of the contaminated males come from fishing cities alongside the outskirts of the capital Dakar and have been positioned in quarantine, based on Ousmane Gueye, nationwide director of well being data and training.

“It’s a dermatitis related to an infectious illness,” Gueye stated. “We’re checking additional and hope to seek out out quickly what it’s.”

Signs of the illness embrace “lesions on their faces, extremities and for some, on their genitals,” whereas others have reported complications and elevated temperatures. Disturbing photos on social media purport to point out the painful boils on a number of the stricken sailors, in addition to “swollen and blistered lips, and enormous pimples on their fingers.”

The primary case was reported in the neighborhood of Thiaroye sur Mer on November 12, when a younger man introduced with “swelling of the face, dry lips and redness of the eyes.”

Authorities have imposed a brief ban on fishing expeditions for a number of days as they assess the extent of the outbreak and attempt to decide its trigger. 

In the meantime a number of samples have been taken from the native space to seek out the origin, together with seawater, native fish, and algae specimens amongst others despatched for evaluation by the Senegalese Navy.  

Preliminary investigations have dominated out bacterial or virological contamination based on Minister of Well being Abdoulaye Diouf, who confirmed at the very least 18 hospitalizations because of the outbreak. 

Investigators now suspect some type of poisonous air pollution or algae could also be accountable, as video shared on-line purports to point out excessive air pollution within the space which has allegedly killed 1000’s of fish.

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