All measures taken to prevent transmission of pneumonic plague in Mauritius

All precautionary and control measures are being taken at the airport and the port. Surveillance is also being reinforced at all levels in a bid to prevent transmission of pneumonic plague which is currently affecting Madagascar.

Plague is endemic to Madagascar but contrary to past outbreaks, this one is affecting large urban areas including the capital and port cities. The outbreak of plague is an annual occurrence in Madagascar which normally reports about 400 cases per year, usually in remote highlands. This outbreak is different since many of the infected live in more densely populated towns and the capital and the infections reported are pneumonic plague which is transmitted through the air, making it much more difficult to control.

About 1200 passengers travel between Mauritius and Madagascar every week.

 

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