Surge in plague cases continues in Madagascar

The increase in reported cases of plague that began in August last year has continued into this year. So far, 57 people out of 213 known cases have died. About 8 percent of the cases have the highly infectious and fatal pulmonary (lung) form of the disease. More deaths are expected after recent flooding forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and brought them into further contact with rats. Last November, there were 119 cases including 40 deaths.

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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