Over 500 fishermen in Senegal have contracted a mysterious skin disease after returning from sea.
The men, who come from several fishing towns around the capital Dakar, have been placed in quarantine for treatment, according to Ousmane Gueye, national director of health information and education.
“It’s a dermatitis associated with an infectious disease,” Gueye said.
“We are checking further and hope to find out soon what it is.”
The fishermen are experiencing lesions on their faces, extremities and for some, on their genitals, according to report by the ministry of health.
It added that the men were also experiencing headaches and showing slightly elevated temperatures.
It said a preliminary investigation showed that the first case was reported on Nov, 12. The 20-year old showed symptoms that included non-generalized vesicular rash, swelling of the face, dry lips and redness of the eyes.
The Senegalese navy was asked to take water samples for analysis.