Via L'Express de Madagascar: Eighty-four cases of plague listed (Health). A Google translation:
The lights are red in the districts of Mandritsara Soanierana Ivongo, Ikongo, Ikalamavony and Tsiroanomandidy. The plague seems to take more and more important. Yesterday, the Department for the Promotion of Health (DPS) within the Ministry of Public Health has confirmed that eighty-four plague cases were identified, thirty-nine deaths until Thursday, in these five districts .
This is bubonic plague, at first, then turns into pneumonic plague transmitted from one person to another.
"The first death occurred in November in a remote village, 110 km plus a walk of 40 km from the city of Mandritsara. Delay care and ignorance of people about the disease pushed its spread to other villages, "suggests Dr. Carmen Randriamanampisoa (DPS).
Department ensures that teams in partnership with the World Health Organization Health and the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar are already in place to support the sick and all those in contact with them.
It will, however, difficult to control this epidemic, especially as the implementing measure quarantine of affected villages is no longer in force, according to the same source. Thus, some "plague" they continue to do a marathon one village to another in search of a healer or doctor so that mobility facilitates the spread of the plague.
"When you have a fever, headache, glands, cough with blood-tinged sputum, rapid intense fatigue ... do not wait another day, go immediately to the doctor because it may very well treat the plague," Dr. Carmen calls Randriamanampisoa.
Personal hygiene, dress, that of housing, enclosures and catching rats to burn are the best preventions against the plague. With tons of garbage and dirt in the Andriantany channel, it will be difficult for Antananarivo to prevent this deadly scourge that seems to be closer to them after the event identified Tsiroanomandidy.