The number of plague cases continue to grow on the island nation of Madagascar. According to the Ministere de la Publique Monday (computer translated), the case tally has exceeded 800 affecting 38 districts and 17 Regions of Madagascar.

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Of the 805 plague cases reported, 595 were pulmonary and 210 bubonic forms. In addition, they are now reporting 74 deaths, with a national case fatality rate of 9.2 percent.

The following actions have been taken by health authorities:

To reduce the risk of the spread of the plague epidemic, 13 out of 38 affected districts have started to implement the sanitary control at the and at the exit of the city. It should be noted that the road axis is part of a favorable to the transmission of plague of pulmonary forms. The BNGRC, through appeals with the local authorities of the Districts affected, reinforces its recommendation to make this system more operational. A supply in personal protective equipment (PPE) is very necessary for a better implementation of this device.

The Ministry of Public Health has increased awareness, disinfection, disinfection and border controls (remote flash thermometer) of affected districts in the Vatovavy Fitovinany, Boeny, Atsinanana, Analamanga, Itasy, Bongolava, Betsiboka, Atsimo, Andrefana, Alaotra Mangoro and Sava.

The Ministry of Tourism continues, today, the sensitization of the hotels in the Region of Analamanga and also supports the cities of Ambatondrazaka and Moramanga in terms of sanitation activity.

Four Plague Treatment Centers (CTP) are already operational, of which 3 in the city of Antananarivo and 1 in Toamasina. These TCOs are supported by WHO, UNICEF, Médecins du Monde, the ACF and Médecin sans frontières de Belgique. The International Federation of the Red Cross is planning in the next few days to set up another CTP with a capacity of 50 beds in the city of Antananarivo.