According to media reports, at least 80 fishermen have fallen ill with an unclear skin disease in the suburbs of Dakar. Already, in 2020 several hundred fishermen in Senegal were affected by an unclear vesicular, highly itchy skin affliction, which was accompanied by fever and had occurred after returning from the sea (incubation period of several days). Close contacts, such as family members, were not affected at that time. Images of skin disease 2020 (source image: AFRIK.COM, 20.11.2021):


Consequences for travelers

Very likely low risk for travelers. For information, follow current media reports. In case of unclear skin symptoms after contact with seawater, consult a physician.



RFI, 8.11.2021,  AFRIK.COM, 20.11.2021