Via L'Express de Madagascar: Plague threatens the city of Mahajanga. This is the first local report I've found in a couple of days of searching. Excerpt from a Google translation from French:
Local authorities have decided to take the bull by the horns. They encourage responsible deratting and garbage.
It was time. The head of the region Boeny Said Jaffar Ahamad, brought together the JRG design (WTO) last Tuesday to address the threat of plague in the region. In fact, garbage invade several populous districts of the city of Mahajanga.
example, officials from the Regional Directorate of Health headed mobile service Border Intervention Boeny Dr. Tsito Ravalitera, warned against this epidemic infectious disease. The people must clean around them and proceed with rodent control.
"A hundred cases of plague were recorded in 1998 in the district of Marolaka. We know that this place is overrun with rats. From September to date, 36 deaths were recorded throughout Madagascar. This situation is very alarming. Beware of dead rats. The disease is transmitted from rodents to humans via fleas. It is therefore derat. Pneumonic plague is very dangerous, "said Dr. Tsito Ravalitera during the press conference at the residence of the region in Mahajanga be yesterday morning.
An anti-rat brigade has already been implemented by the Ministry of public health in the capital, and this is also the case in Mahajanga.
"Equipment is already available for this brigade. Technicians are experienced, "said the doctor Antoine, regional head of fever and schistosomiasis.
The head of region, for its part, has arrested the leaders of the urban commune of Mahajanga.
"The garbage should occur regularly. The municipality is solely responsible. Runoff due to rain cause sewage and dirt, "Has he said.
past several months, garbage and waste littering the ground in several areas including Ampisikina before the administrative block, an administrative area and place number one job of the region. Similarly, the garbage bin at the entrance to the private area plateau Tomb is completely saturated. Residents then threw filth everywhere to the edge of the EPP Ampisikina to tens of meters further down.