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19 Oct 2017 description

Antananarivo/ Geneva, 19 October 2017— The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy has appealed for international support for Madagascar’s plague response, at the end of an emergency visit to the Indian Ocean island nation.

19 Oct 2017 description

Tamatave – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun working with local authorities to tackle an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the port city of Tamatave on the east coast of Madagascar.

MSF’s international medical personnel are supporting staff from the Malagasy Ministry of Health to provide treatment to the patients currently hospitalised in the plague triage and treatment centre. The specialised centre was built earlier this week outside the city’s hospital by international partners, including MSF.

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

• Thirty-five districts have been affected; of which 6 districts have not recorded new cases for the past 15 days.

• A total of 610 cases have been recorded with 63 deaths. The capital Antananarivo is the most affected with 347 cases and 30 deaths.

• The case fatality rate has stabilized at around 10 per cent. About 68 per cent of all cases have been pneumonic.

• On 12 October 2017, 61 new cases were treated, including 42 in Antananarivo Renivohitra.

19 Oct 2017 description
  • According to WHO's report of 17 October, between 1 August and 15 October, 849 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) have been recorded, including 67 deaths. The case fatality rate is 7,9%. Of the 849 reported cases, 9,2% were confirmed, 35% classified as probable and 55% remain suspect. Of these, 568 cases (67%) were clinically classified as pneumonic plague, 155 (18,3%) as bubonic plague. At least 39 healthcare workers have contracted plague since the beginning of the outbreak.

19 Oct 2017 description

Food insecurity outcomes to worsen for households in cereal deficit parts of the region in the coming months

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18 Oct 2017 description

Geneva/Antananarivo, 18 October **–** The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, arrives later today in Madagascar as the Red Cross response to the plague outbreak continues.

Mr Sy will spend Thursday 19 October meeting with Red Cross officials and volunteers involved in the response, as well as senior government figures. Mr Sy will announce a major international appeal for Madagascar.

18 Oct 2017 description

A la demande des autorités malgaches et à la suite à l’épidémie de peste, le centre de crise et de soutien du ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères a coordonné l’envoi à Madagascar d’une aide humanitaire (sous la forme de matériel médical spécifique) et, en lien avec l’agence nationale de santé publique, d’une mission d’experts médicaux.

18 Oct 2017 description

18 October 2017 | Victoria, Seychelles - Samples from patients in Seychelles suspected to be ill with pneumonic plague tested negative at a WHO partner laboratory in Paris, France on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

The ten samples were shipped by the Seychelles Ministry of Health and WHO to the collaborating centre for Yersinia at the Institut Pasteur to confirm the status of several suspected and one probable case – a 34-year-old Seychelles national who had returned from Madagascar with plague-like symptoms.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

For many of us living in the western hemisphere, the past 10 weeks or so have been a blur of nonstop natural disasters. Ten Atlantic hurricanes, two major earthquakes in Mexico and one of the worst wildfire seasons in U.S. history have dominated news cycles and taken up a disproportionate share of organizational activity and donor public focus.

18 Oct 2017 description

SITUATION GENERALE DE LA PESTE A MADAGASCAR

La situation de l’épidémie de la peste affecte actuellement 39 Districts, qui se répartissent dans 17 Régions de Madagascar.

Pour l’heure, il a été répertorié 878 cas de la peste pour l’ensemble du Pays. Le bilan général fait état de 80 décès.

17 Oct 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Cristiano D'Orsi, Research Fellow and Lecturer at the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL), University of Johannesburg

Three years ago the United Nations took steps to try and address the issue of statelessness by putting in place a 10-point plan that aims to reduce the number of people who are not recognised as a national by any state.

17 Oct 2017 description

Les résultats contenus dans ce document concernent les données notifiées accompagnées des prélèvements biologiques reçus par l’Unité Peste de l’Institut Pasteur de Madagascar (IPM).

17 Oct 2017 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 5.5 million Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some two million people over 18 months, to contribute to the reduction in mortality and morbidity due to the plague outbreak in 22 priority regions through effective prevention and response activates. The focus of the appeal is on Health (including health preparedness and prevention) for individuals or households affected by the plague outbreak.

17 Oct 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 8-14 October 2017 and includes updates on Legionnaires' disease, influenza, rubella, measles, West Nile fever, chikungunya, cholera and plague.