Vis­i­tors to Mada­gas­car warned about plague

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Bafana Nz­i­mande

A SOUTH African bas­ket­ball player who con­tracted pneu­monic plague in Mada­gas­car has been suc­cess­fully treated.

The player has re­turned to South Africa and the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases (NICD) yes­ter­day is­sued a state­ment say­ing the player did not pose any health risk.

De­tails about the player and the team have not yet been es­tab­lished.

The NICD warned South Africans trav­el­ling to Mada­gas­car to be highly cau­tious of their sur­round­ings as the coun­try is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an out­break. The num­ber of re­ported cases was 449 and 48 deaths had been recorded so far, it said.

“The out­break is pri­mar­ily lo­cated in the mid­dle third of the is­land‚ cen­tred around cap­i­tal Antananarivo and Toa­masina prov­ince on the east coast.

“South African trav­ellers to Mada­gas­car are ad­vised to avoid highly pop­u­lated ar­eas‚ avoid close con­tact with ill per­sons‚ wear sur­gi­cal masks while in tran­sit‚ and avoid con­tact with ro­dents and dead an­i­mals‚” the NICD said. – TimesLIVE

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