WHO issues plague warning for 9 countries bordering Indian Ocean

WHO issues plague warning for 9 countries bordering Indian Ocean

[Ed. – The warning is to ensure “plague preparedness and readiness”; there is no talk of an epidemic.  However, a pneumonic — airborne — form of plague has spread very fast in Madagascar in recent weeks, with 124 dead and hundreds more infected.  Air travel puts neighboring countries at risk, and may pose risk beyond that.]

The outbreak is considered a much bigger threat to the region than in previous years because it has taken on its pneumonic form – meaning it is airborne and spread by sneezing and coughing.

And experts say the epidemic could still worsen as the death tolls hits 124 and more than 1,300 left infected. …

Speaking from Madagascar, Christine South, head of IFRC’s emergency operations, said: “With anything like this there is a possibility that somebody could be infected and get on a plane. …”

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WHO stated: … “Nine countries and overseas territories have been identified as priority countries in the African region for plague preparedness and readiness by virtue of having trade and travel links to Madagascar. …”

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