Medical Update - Madagascar Plague Update 01 Nov 17

Following media reports relating to the recent plague outbreak in Madagascar we have consulted our Medical Advisor, Dr Richard Dawood who comments

There is a significant outbreak of plague in Madagascar that is being closely monitored by WHO and international health agencies.

Case numbers are now in decline and the outbreak is clearly past its peak.

The WHO has identified countries at possible risk of receiving imported cases from Madagascar, and therefore where increased surveillance is needed as part of the necessary public health response.

This has been reported in the media and has understandably given rise to some anxiety. However, no travel restrictions have been imposed and no imported cases have yet occurred. Plague is a disease of close contact under crowded/unhygienic conditions, and is easily treated with commonly available antibiotics. Foreign travellers undertaking the usual tourist activities in these countries are not considered to be at risk.