Plague death toll now 57, 10 million Euros needed in outbreak battle
The plague outbreak in Madagascar continues to grow as the countries Health Ministry reported Thursday that 35 Districts were now affected by the plague epidemic.
As of Oct 12, 561 reported cases of plague were recorded, 415 of which were pulmonary, 145 of bubonic forms and another case that is unspecified, according to a Flash Bulletin published yesterday.
Of this total, 10.2 percent, or 57 fatalities have been reported.
A meeting was held yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office in the presence of the partners from humanitarian organizations (WHO, USAID, UNICEF, etc.). It was pointed out that 9.9 million Euros is needed to support the fight against spread of plague at the country level.
On October 11, 2017, the USA, through USAID, donated to the State of Malagasy a number of items to help in the fight against plague to include 8 mobile clinic vehicles (6 for Antananarivo and 2 for Toamasina), gloves, masks and water.
Sectoral interventions continue to make their contribution response to plague (communication, awareness, distribution posters, etc.).
In the neighboring archipelago of Seychelles, 12 people are admitted to the hospital and being treated with antibiotics as a precaution, according to the Ministry of Health (see more details at their Facebook page).