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Feb 14, 2015

04:32:56 GMT--Biological Hazard - India ocean - Madagascar

EDIS Number: BH-20150131-46831-MDG

Date / time: 31/01/2015 13:02:50 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: India ocean

Country: Madagascar


Location: [Nationwide]

Number of Deads: 71 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: 263 person(s)

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


An outbreak of the plague has killed dozens in Madagascar, and experts fear those numbers could go up. At least 119 cases were confirmed by late last year, including 40 deaths, the World Health Organization said in a statement. And the disease is taking an alarming turn. "The outbreak that started last November has some disturbing dimensions," the WHO said this week. "The fleas that transmit this ancient disease from rats to humans have developed resistance to the first-line insecticide." It's especially spreading in densely populated slums in the capital of Antananarivo. Cases were confirmed in at least 20 districts and the capital, Christophe Rogier of the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar said late last year. Rogier is part of a team working with the WHO on the ground to combat the disease.

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 1 on 2015-02-12 at 04:32:02.

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