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Guinean who brought Ebola to Senegal recovers from virus

The 21-year-old student who arrived from neighbouring Guinea last month.

FILE: Senegalese authorities are still monitoring 67 people who came into contact with the Guinean student. Picture: AFP.

DAKAR - The first case of the Ebola virus detected in

Senegal, a 21-year-old student who arrived from neighbouring Guinea last month,

has recovered from the deadly disease, a senior official said on Wednesday.

"We did a first blood test on Friday and a second 48 hours

later and both of them came back negative," Papa Amadou Diack, Senegal's

director of health, told Reuters. "This is very good news for the patient and

for the country."

The world's worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever has

killed at least 2,296 people, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Senegalese authorities are still monitoring 67 people who

came into contact with the Guinean student and trying to trace his route on the

more than 1,000-km land journey across the border from southwest Guinea.

Some 33 people have been placed under quarantine in the

house in the teeming neighbourhood of Parcelles Assainies where he stayed with

an uncle after arriving in Dakar in late August.

The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday there were two

suspected cases of Ebola in Senegal. However, the UN agency said on Wednesday

that the individuals who had shown signs of illness on 3 and 4 September had

tested negative for the virus.

The WHO has said the epidemic is spreading exponentially in

the worst affected country, Liberia, and it expects thousands of new cases

there in the next three weeks.

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