(added on 2017/11/06)
Re-emergence of Plague outbreak in Madagascar 鼠疫爆發再臨馬達加斯加
Since August 2017, there has been an ongoing outbreak of plague in Madagascar, Africa. In 3 months’ time (1 Aug – 24 Oct 2017), more than 1300 cases were reported, including at least 90 deaths. Thirty-seven out of 114 districts of the country have reported cases (http://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/plague/plague-outbreak-situation-reports). Around two-third of reported cases in the current outbreak in Madagascar were pneumonic plague. At least 70 healthcare workers were infected.
Seychelles, Madagascar’s neighboring country, has reported imported cases. Besides Seychelles, another 8 countries (marked red on the map), which have trade and travel links to Madagascar, have been identified as priority countries for plague preparedness by WHO. Some of the 9 countries were identified as areas with potential plague natural foci (purple hashed areas) by WHO previously. Please refer to our another SpatioEpi map for the epidemic of plague in these places in the past decades (http://www.spatioepi.com/detail.asp?id=0167d&defaultcat=s012).
Data for the map were extracted from WHO.