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Madagascar: A teenager died of bubonic plague in a commune located about twenty kilometres from Tananarive




While two suspected outbreaks of bubonic plague i n the districts of Mandritsara (Sofia region) and of Soanierana Ivongo (region of Analanjirofo) located in the northeast of Madagascar are located since last week, a 17 years old adolescent died on Saturday night of fever in the town of Ambanitsena, about 20 kilometers from the capital, in the district of Manjakandriana.
 
The first preliminary tests performed using specific strips by a physician were positive.
 
The pasteur Institute of Madagascar must nevertheless confirm that bubonic plague is actually responsible for the death of the teenager, according to the newspaper L'Express de Madagascar.
 
Meanwhile, the health authorities of the district of Tananarive call the population to the utmost vigilance and take hygiene measures which are highly required.

As a reminder, 256 cases of bubonic plague and 60 deaths were counted last year.
 
Nearly one in five infected by the virus dies.
 
Unsafe and promiscuity of some houses in the heart of poor villages attract rodents in number and rat fleas that carry the disease.



Antso Rajaona


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