Update on the plague situation in Madagascar

Update and further information on the plague situation from Madagascar

Press release from 14.10.2017

The IDSR multi-sectoral committee met again today on Saturday morning to discuss the latest warning about the plague.

Suspected case update (a total of 13 persons remain isolated)


Karl Schnürch

- The index patient (probable case) is still admitted to the ward and has no symptoms and is stable. Today is the 6th day of treatment and according to clinical guidelines the patient is no longer infectious. He stays to complete his course of antibiotics.ndigen

- The remaining eleven (11) patients in the hospital remain stable and asymptomatic during treatment. This includes the foreigner.

- A person was admitted yesterday with relatively mild symptoms; dry cough and history of fever. She is asymptomatic today.

- None of the 320 contacts (which mainly include teachers) related to the probable case and receiving antibiotic prophylaxis have developed symptoms. They are all off surveillance as of today. However, they must complete the antibiotic prophylaxis course.

- The total number of persons admitted to active surveillance at the military academy is 19. None of them has developed any symptoms.

Eleven (11) family members of the first probable case, are currently in Perseverance, but will be discharged home from the military training academy tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. if no symptoms develop.

One (1) family member on active surveillance at Baie St Anne Praslin Hospital.

Three (3) Seychelles nationals returned from Madagascar via Nairobi on 12 October. They have no symptoms but are still receiving prophylaxis.

Two (2) Italians who arrived on 12 October will leave Seychelles tonight.

Two (2) Australians and one (1) Japanese arrived from Mauritius last night after spending time in Madagascar. The Japanese will leave the country tomorrow and the Australians will be under active surveillance for 7 days before being released on 20 October if they do not develop symptoms by 29 October to continue their leave.

- Total (640) 577 children and 63, teachers in the Anse Boileau The primary school and crèche have been given antibiotic prophylaxis. This is a precautionary measure in view of possible contact.

- If anyone on prophylaxis develops fever, cough or other symptoms, they should contact the health centre, on hotline 141 or Dr Jastin Bibi on 2723739 or Dr Naomi Adeline 2711818.

- Regional health facilities (Beau Vallon, English River, Les Mamelles, Anse Boileau health centres and Anse Royale and Baie Ste Anne hospitals) will be there for you to assess any symptoms and provide prophylaxis.

- The hotline 141 is switched on and those affected can get information and advice.

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