Travel update: Madagascar's plague epidemic ends

The Madagascan government and World Health Organisation have declared an end to the epidemic which began in August 2017.

Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar (Image @istock.com)
Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar (Image @istock.com)

The plague epidemic which affected Madagascar in August 2017 has been declared over, in statements issued by the Madagascan PM and World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Madagascan prime minister announced the end of the plague as no new cases have been recorded since 3 November 2017.

No cases involving an international traveller have been reported. Based on currently available information, the WHO estimates that there is a moderate risk of the disease recurring in the country and a slight risk on regional and global levels.

Prime minister Mahafaly Solonandrasana Olivier said in his statement: "In view of the last confirmed case of 3 November, the end of the epidemic of urban lung plague in Madagascar that appeared in August 2017 is declared. However, we must remain vigilant as the plague season continues until April 2018.

In fact, the number of new cases of plague decreased considerably as early as the fifth week after the beginning of the epidemic. This indicates that the public health measures taken to contain the epidemic have been effective."

 

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