Visitors to Madagascar warned about plague
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