Click to Translate to English Click to Translate to French  Click to Translate to Spanish  Click to Translate to German  Click to Translate to Italian  Click to Translate to Japanese  Click to Translate to Chinese Simplified  Click to Translate to Korean  Click to Translate to Arabic  Click to Translate to Russian  Click to Translate to Portuguese


Forum Home Forum Home > International Forums > Select Your Country
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Madagascar:  Plague
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Online Discussion: Tracking new emerging diseases and the next pandemic

Madagascar: Plague

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Message
Technophobe View Drop Down
Senior Moderator
Senior Moderator
Avatar

Joined: January 16 2014
Location: Scotland
Status: Offline
Points: 55245
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Technophobe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Madagascar: Plague
    Posted: September 18 2018 at 1:09pm

Plague outbreak kills two in Madagascar

2018-09-18 16:01

An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed two people, a health official said on Tuesday, marking the official start of the season when the disease is considered to be at its deadliest.

Last year more than 200 people were killed before epidemics of bubonic and pneumonic plague were brought under control in November.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that this year's strain could be even more virulent.

"According to counts undertaken between August 1 and September 13, we recorded eight suspected plague cases, six of whom recovered and two died in their villages," said health ministry official Manitra Rakotoarivony.

The first fatality was recorded in Fiadanana, north of the capital Antananarivo, while the second was reported in Ambalavao in the Indian Ocean island's interior, added Rakotoarivony.

Madagascar has suffered bubonic plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980, often caused by rats fleeing forest fires.

The disease tends to make a comeback each hot rainy season, from September to April.

On average, between 300 and 600 infections are recorded every year among a population approaching 25 million people, according to a UN estimate.

Last year cases sprang up far earlier than usual and, instead of being confined to the countryside, the disease infiltrated towns. The authorities recorded more than 2 000 cases.

The plague germ Yersinia pestis is typically transmitted to humans from infected rats via fleas. It can also be transmitted from human to human through cough droplets expelled by a person with a pneumonic form of the disease.

Pneumonic plague can prove fatal between 24 to 72 hours while the bubonic form is less dangerous.

Source: https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/plague-outbreak-kills-two-in-madagascar-20180918
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Back to Top
Technophobe View Drop Down
Senior Moderator
Senior Moderator
Avatar

Joined: January 16 2014
Location: Scotland
Status: Offline
Points: 55245
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Technophobe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2018 at 7:00am
[Update]

Black Death epidemic fears grow as infected using untrained village healers for treatment

BLACK Death epidemic fears have led to authorities launching a “plan of attack”, after another outbreak of the plague has infected being treated by village healers.

Black Death epidemic fears grow as infected using untrained village healers for treatment

BLACK Death epidemic fears have led to authorities launching a “plan of attack”, after another outbreak of the plague has infected being treated by village healers.



The Black Death claimed the lives of more than 200 people last year in one of the worst cases ever in Madagascar.

And WHO fears this year’s strain of the disease could have an even worse affect.

The start of this year’s “plague season” has begun with eight people confirmed as carrying the disease.

This has resulted in two deaths, one from the bubonic strain, and another of the pneumonic strain.



Health officials are worried that of the eight cases, four of them are the pneumonic plague, which can kill in 24 hours.

Madagascan director of health Dr. Manitra Rakotoarivony has launched a number of campaigns to prevent an outbreak like last year.

He said: “Without treatment, bubonic plague turns into lung plague and that’s why the ministry team us worried.

“Because there are people who have not gone to take the treatment, it is very problematic because traditional healers do not use drugs, they use other methods that are not affective.”

Dr Rakotoarivony fears the disease could be spread on public transport, like last year’s epidemic.

He has also urged people to seek medical help from doctors and not traditional healers.

He added: “Every carrier must enter the names of the passengers and their telephone number in case there is an infected person in the bus.

“This is our problem because there are several companies who do not use this.”

Source & Photos:   https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/731035/black-death-epidemic-fears-madagascar-plague-outbreak-attack-plans-bubonic-pneumonic
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down