Tuesday, January 10, 2017
WHO reports suspected plague outbreak in Madagascar.
WHO reported that health officials are currently investigating a suspected outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in the Southeastern region of Madagascar that resulted in 62 illnesses and 26 deaths. The cases, six of which have been confirmed, occurred in two adjacent districts in two neighboring regions —Befotaka district in Atsimo-Atsinanana Region and Iakora district in Ihorombe Region. These are the first cases to be reported in the area since 1950. Five of the cases were classified as pneumonic plague and the remaining as bubonic plague. Retrospective investigations revealed that the outbreak may have started in mid-August. The remote area of infection has allayed fears that be an it might be an international threat,but however calls for more surveillance to control situation The bacteria Yersinia pestis, is responsible for plague and maintain their existence in a cycle involving rodents and their fleas. In urban areas or places with dense rat infestations, the plague bacteria can cycle between rats and their fleas. Dog owners,keep pets safe and most especially importation of dogs must be restricted to prevent spread of infections. Use flea repellent for dogs,and rodent proof your homes and kennels.