Plague reappears in Madagascar

The heavy rainy season in Madagascar forces rats carrying fleas infected with plague out of the sewers and into nearby cottages and homes, especially in more rural areas. Infected fleas then transmit the plague bacteria to humans. So far this year, several regions (Bongolava, Vakinankaratra and Haute-Matsiatra) have reported cases. At least 43 infections and 6 deaths have occurred. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to plague by taking all necessary measures to avoid flea bites in areas where plague commonly occurs.

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