Senegal has become the fifth West African country to record a case of Ebola.
The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the World Health Organization warned the number of infections was increasing rapidly.
Senegal’s health ministry said the country’s first Ebola patient was a young Guinean man who was immediately quarantined at a Dakar hospital, where he was in a “satisfactory condition”.
The man is believed to have been infected in Guinea’s capital Conakry, and may have travelled to Senegal before Dakar closed its land border with Guinea on August 21.
Authorities are now scrabbling to piece together where he went and who he encountered, in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly virus.