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WHO Delivers Antibiotic Doses To Madagascar To Address Bubonic, Pneumonic Plague Outbreak

BBC News: Madagascar plague: WHO in huge release of antibiotics
“More than a million doses of antibiotics have been delivered by the World Health Organization to fight an outbreak of plague in Madagascar which has killed at least 33 people…” (10/7).

New York Times: Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar
“…Since August, the country has reported over 200 infections and 33 deaths. The outbreak is beginning to resemble the early stages of the West African Ebola crisis in 2014: a lethal disease normally confined to sparsely populated rural areas has reached crowded cities and is spreading in a highly transmissible form…” (McNeil, 10/6).

U.N. News Centre: As Bubonic and Pneumonic plagues spread in Madagascar, U.N. health agency ramps up response
“… ‘WHO is concerned that plague could spread further because it is already present in several cities and this is the start of the epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April,’ said Charlotte Ndiaye, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Madagascar, in a news update…” (10/6).

United Press International: WHO acting to contain Madagascar plague outbreak
“…The outbreak of plague is an annual occurrence in Madagascar, which normally reports about 400 cases per year, usually in the remote island highlands. What makes this outbreak different, according to the WHO, is that many of the infected live in more densely populated towns and the capital Antananarivo…” (DuVall, 10/8).

Vox: Plague is spreading at an alarming rate in Madagascar. Yes, plague.
“…As of October 6, 231 plague cases there had been identified, as well as 33 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Twenty of Madagascar’s 114 districts are now affected by the epidemic…” (Belluz, 10/6).

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