Madagascar Plague Outbreak Appears To Be Declining, Vigilance Must Be Maintained, Says WHO

CNN: Madagascar plague outbreak has killed 133, may be slowing down
“The spread of a plague outbreak in Madagascar may finally be slowing down. The epidemic, which began in August, has taken the lives of 133 people and resulted in 1,836 suspected or confirmed cases. However, the occurrence of new cases is finally decreasing, according to a report released Wednesday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs…” (Larned, 11/3).

U.N. News Centre: Madagascar: U.N. health agency sees drop in cases of plague; urges vigilance as risk of spread remains
“While progress has been made in response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar, and the number of suspected new cases continues to decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that sustaining operations through the remainder of the plague season will be critical as there is still a risk of potential further spread of the disease…” (11/3).

VOA News: Pneumonic Plague in Madagascar Slowing, But Not Over
“…The World Health Organization says plague came early to Madagascar this year and has spread quickly. Quite unusually, pneumonic plague moved from the remote rural areas to congested urban areas, causing panic since, unlike bubonic plague, this disease is transmitted from human to human…” (Schlein, 11/4).

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