The Ministry of Health has officially confirmed 15 cases and 2 deaths of yellow fever in Mbacké and Bambey départements, Diourbel region. Laboratory confirmation was made by the WHO Collaborating Centre at the Institut Pasteur in Dakar. All cases except one have been reported in the city of Touba. The other case was reported in Bambey, 70 km west of Touba.

The Senegalese Ministry of Health has reported some 12 cases of yellow fever particularly in the central Mbaké department, which includes the city of Touba with 800 000 inhabitants, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Senegal abandoned the recovery of victims from the MS Joola Tuesday, with only 80 of at least 970 identified — saying its next step might be to sink the doomed ferry together with its dead to the Atlantic Ocean floor. Senegal's government suffered its first backlash Tuesday for Africa's deadliest ferry disaster ever, with Cabinet ministers for the armed forces and transport resigning.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is planning to convene a peace meeting on Liberia that would include President Charles Taylor and the rebels of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), news agencies reported last Friday.

This Sub-Regional Training and Programming Coordinator (SRTPC) is located in the Coastal West/Central region and is based out of Dakar, Senegal. The SRTPC provides the sub-regional posts with assistance in developing the professional and management skills of the training and programming staffs, including the Associate Peace Corps Directors.