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10 Oct 2017 description

Madagascar

The plague outbreak continues to evolve, with 387 suspected cases including 45 deaths (CFR: 11.6%) between 1 August and 8 October.

In contrast to past outbreaks, the 2017 outbreak has affected densely populated areas including the capital Antananarivo and Toamasina, and 277 cases have been identified as highly transmissible pneumonic plague. WHO estimates the overall risk of further spread to be very high.

The country’s weak health system requires support, especially isolation and treatment capacity, in order to respond effectively.