Plague outbreak in Madagascar to continue until APRIL – Risk of infection remains HIGH

Monday, November 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE deadly plague that is sweeping across Madagascar and has already claimed the lives of more than 170 people will continue until April, official reports have warned.

Mon, Nov 20, 2017

The Black Death outbreak has already infected more than 2,119 people between August 1 to November 10.

And it threatens to spread to neighbouring countries, including Tanzania and Mozambique.

In its latest Situation Report, the World Health Organisation reported eight per cent of people died from the disease (171), and 55 of 114 districts on the island reported at least one case.

And the United Nations agency warned the disease will continue until April 2018 – and risk of infection will remain high over the next six months until the typical end of the plague season, although reports are declining.

The report read: “The number of new cases and hospitalisations of patients due to plague is declining in Madagascar.

“The last confirmed bubonic case was reported on 24 October and the last confirmed pneumonic case was reported on 28 October.

“Since plague is endemic to parts of Madagascar, WHO expects more cases to be reported until the end of the typical plague season in April 2018.

“It is therefore important that control measures continue through to the end of the plague season.”

Madagascar’s rainy season officially started on November 1 and is set to last until the end of April 2018.

The pneumonic plague that is gripping the African island is passed from human to human and can be spread through a cough or a sneeze.

Plague symptoms include sudden fevers, head and body aches, vomiting and nausea.

Without treatment, patients could die within 18 hours.

The latest report comes as an expert warned the disease was impossible to eradicate.

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