In an update on the plague outbreak in Madagascar, UN officials now put the ever changing case tally in the epidemic that began on August 1 at 1,947 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague through Nov. 3.
Of these, 1,437 (74%) were clinically classified as pulmonary plague, 295 (15%) were bubonic plague, one was septicemic, and 211 were not yet classified (further classification of cases is in process).
The death count has risen to 143.
Officials have been saying recently that the number of new cases of pulmonary plague is declining across the country. However, while the decline in the incidence is encouraging, more cases of plague are expected to be reported in Madagascar until the typical plague season ends in April 2018.
To that effect, sustaining ongoing operations during the outbreak and through the plague season is crucial to minimize the current human-to-human transmission of pneumonic plague and the bubonic plague infections. The key control measures that need to continue to the end of April 2018 include active case finding and treatment, comprehensive contact identification, follow-up and antibiotic treatment, rodent and flea control, and safe and dignified burials.
2 thoughts on “Plague outbreak update: 1,947 cases, 143 deaths in Madagascar”
Madagascar will start to get ahead when it picks up all of the trash piles that have been there for years.
I question the tally as there’s clear signals they are not reporting all. Media reports indicated 1 plague death on Wednesday that was not in their latest report on the 9th… The only way to prevent further regional spread is to report the real situation and tally. Regional countries can make informed decisions to close borders etc. The WHO try to downplay this outbreak to prevent panic but risk millions more lives with their BS. South African news reported that communities are not releasing the corpses and hide the sick out of fear. WHO latest tally is 2034 infected although no new infections last 2 days, the same as in some previous reports! So from the report on the 2nd there was 1947 cases, so if no new cases the last 2 days until the 9th’s report then theres 18 new infection per day over 5 days. Suddenly the next day nothing?