Unusual plague outbreak in new geographic area of Madagascar

A plague outbreak involving 68 cases of whom 27 have died has been reported in a remote mountainous area of Befotaka. No cases of plague had been reported in this area since 1950. There are also unconfirmed reports of a nearby 2nd cluster of some 30 cases.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure for the general traveller is very low, the risk can be higher for campers and hikers that may come in contact with wild life that carry plague. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to plague by taking all necessary measures to avoid flea bites in areas where plague commonly occurs.