Senegal is the second country to confirm its first case of the novel coronavirus after Nigeria.
The patient is a French man who lives in Senegal and came back from a skiing holiday in France on Feb. 26 on an Air Senegal flight.
Health Minister Diouf Sarr said the man passed a temperature check at the capital Dakar’s main airport on his return but developed a fever two days later and went to a private clinic for a check-up.
That clinic alerted the authorities who have quarantined him in Dakar’s Fann Hospital.
The patient had been in contact with his wife and two children, the minister said.
It was not clear how many other people had also been in contact with him. Authorities are in the process of tracing the other passengers on the Air Senegal flight.
The Senegalese government urged the population to stay calm, adding that the country’s health system is capable of handling the situation and preventing further spread of the disease.