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In a follow-up to a report Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) says on August 29, in the Itasy region, in the Arivonimamo health district, an alert was received by the health authorities regarding cases of Pulmonary Plague.

Bipolar staining of a plague smear prepared from lymph aspirated from an adenopathic lymph node, or bubo, of a plague patient./CDC

As of September 3, a total of 30 suspected cases of pulmonary plague including 12 confirmed and 7 death cases (CFR=23%) are reported so far.

Active case finding, chemo prophylaxis for high-risk contacts of alive and dead cases are ongoing; regular meetings of the plague control committees at regional and health district level; mass sensitization activities; contact tracing; Ongoing investigation as well as vector and anti-reservoir control measures are also ongoing.

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