WHO reports fatal plague to have spread to Seychelles


The World Health Organization has reported that a probable plague case brought in from Madagascar in Seychelles is the source of the first outbreak of disease in the Indian Ocean country.

57 people have been reported killed since August by a plague which is spread by rats carrying fleas. The condition is endemic in Madagascar, and as revealed by the .N. Agency, it is the plagues’ first occurrence in non-endemic urban areas.

On the 10th of October, a case of the plague was reported by health officers observed in a man, about 34 years of age that was returning from Madagascar.

Over 50% of the cases of diseases reported in Madagascar was found to be pneumonic, a type more dangerous than bubonic plague able to trigger epidemics. The pneumonic form may be treated by the use of drugs if however, it could cause death if not administered within 24 hours.

A test of the man from Seychelles has indicated a possible case of pneumonic plague lightly, but the WHO has said that clear results will come from the Institute Pasteur situated in Paris.

About 100 people have been given prophylactic who were in contact with the man. These included teachers, children, the cabin crew, health workers, and passengers.

Mild symptoms were developed by eight of his contacts, and they all have been isolated, two suspects of the plague have also been isolated and were administered treatment.

Seychelles with over 90,000 people is dependent solely on tourism for revenues from the government.

Measures installed to curtail spread

Further importation of cases is hoped to be reduced by the termination of flights to and from Madagascar since the 8th of October, as reported by the WHO. Furthermore, no recommendations on travel and restrictions were made by the UN agency.

Exit screening has been implemented by the Health Ministry of Madagascar for all passengers at the airport in Antananarivo in order to curtail the spread of the plague international.

WHO also reported that the chance of the plague being spread in the Seychelles is considerably low and the total global risk levels are even smaller.