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United Nations says plague cases in Madagascar nearly doubled in 5 days

Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead & Hundreds United Nations says plague cases in Madagascar nearly doubled in 5 days
Patty Aguilar | 20 October, 2017, 06:20

Dujarric said the spread was "highly challenging" to control.

So far 89 deaths have been recorded, including 13 on Tuesday.

Dujarric said United Nations officials have strengthened systems to identify contacts of victims, monitor the number of patients at hospitals, transport medical samples, and address "the transmission risks of traditional burial practices".

On the 10th of October, a case of the plague was reported by health officers observed in a man, about 34 years of age that was returning from Madagascar.

Pneumonic plague is a lung infection, transmitted through flea bites or from person to person through droplets in the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

A test of the man from Seychelles has indicated a possible case of pneumonic plague lightly, but the World Health Organization has said that clear results will come from the Institute Pasteur situated in Paris.

The port city of Tamatave, also known as Toamasina, is home to about 300,000 people and now has one of the highest concentrations of cases of pneumonic plague in Madagascar, with 261 cases and 10 fatalities since the beginning of the outbreak.

Most of the cases in the current outbreak are pneumonic plague, a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing or spitting and is nearly always fatal if untreated. Like the bubonic form, it can be treated with common antibiotics if caught in time.

It is known that official restrictions on entering the country was imposed, and the world health organization noted the unlikelihood of the risk of spread of the epidemic overseas. MSF's worldwide medical personnel are supporting staff from the Malagasy Ministry of Health to provide treatment to patients now hospitalized in the plague triage and treatment center, which was built earlier this week outside the city's hospital by MSF and other global partners.

But, Dujarric said, "Medical experts project that the situation will continue to deteriorate, with 1,000 cases per month expected if the response is not rapidly funded".

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