Reports of plague cases are widespread in Madagascar

Since September this year, the health ministry has reported 42 deaths and 84 cases of plague from 4 of the country's 112 districts, including Mandritsara in the north, Soanierana Ivongo in the northeast, Ikongo, in the southwest, and Tsiroanomandidy in the central highlands. Most of the cases have been the bubonic form of the disease, but there have also been cases of the highly fatal pneumonic (lung) form. Every year, between 300 and 600 cases of bubonic plague are reported in Madagascar, usually between October and March.

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to plague by taking all necessary measures to avoid flea bites in areas where plague commonly occurs. Avoid close contact with very ill persons who are coughing.

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