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  • Seychelles - Man who travelled to Madagascar tests positive for pneumonic plague - NEGATIVE

    MAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE FOLLOWING PRESENTATION OF SYMPTOMS




    October 11, 2017



    In an interview today, Tuesday 10th October 2017, Dr Jude Gedeon, Public Health Commissioner confirmed that a 34 year old man has been infected with pneumonic plague. The man who travelled to Madagascar, arrived in Seychelles on Friday 6th October 2017, at which point he was placed under passive surveillance. “He presented with symptoms yesterday. He was not feeling well and reported to a health centre. Because he was under surveillance, he was immediately put in isolation at the Seychelles Hospital,” Dr Gedeon said. Several tests were done, some of which had normal results. “We also conducted a rapid plague test which produced a weakly positive result,” Dr Gedeon added. Following this, the result was sent to L’institut Pasteur in France for cross-checking, at which point it was confirmed to be a positive plague result. The man has been immediately given antibiotic treatment and all person who came into direct contact with him has also been put under active surveillance. These include his partner who also presented with symptoms today but has not been confirmed to be infected and a child who resides with the two. Dr Gedeon has reassured that there is no reason to panic and that the Public Health Authority is continuing to enforce measures to prevent an outbreak within the country. “We continue to monitor passengers who enter the country from Madagascar. There are currently 42 people who are under passive surveillance,” he stated. Moreover, 15 people who have been identified to have come into contact with the man have also been put on antibiotic treatment to prevent infection. “Plague can easily be treated with antibiotics when detected early. And, our objective is to have early diagnosis, and identification of points of contact so we can administer treatment early,” Dr Gedeon further added with regards to strategies being implemented by the Ministry of Health. At the moment, Air Seychelles has cancelled all flights to and from Madagascar as a further preventative measure. All members of the basketball delegation was who put under active surveillance at a centre is Perseverance have also been discharged following no presentation of symptoms.

    http://www.health.gov.sc/index.php/news-posts/8998/





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    17TH OCTOBER 2017
    MEDIA RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update on Plague Alert

    Regional overview and update

    The Plague outbreak in Madagascar persists and is expanding into new areas. However, there is now a strong
    WHO and other partners’ support on the field that is doing active contact tracing and providing prophylaxis.

    About 3000 current contacts are on prophylaxis.

    Mauritius has reported a suspected case but the person has since been tested negative and was discharged.

    All countries in the region are on heightened surveillance and have issued travel advisory.

    Local update

     All samples that were sent to Institut Pasteur Paris have been tested by using the PCR technique
    (Polymerase Chain Reaction). This was a confirmatory test and they were all NEGATIVE.

    All the patients who were isolated on the ward have now been discharged home, including the
    index case without any further risk. All admitted persons were on antibiotics, including second line.

     They can carry on with normal life as they do not have the plague.
     As of today all persons who were still on passive surveillance have completed their time and those
    who were still on antibiotics can stop.
    People on active surveillance
     Last night four (4) Seychellois and one American were admitted at the Perseverance military academy.
    They had arrived through Mauritius from Madagascar. They are well and will remain there until 24th
    October. The American is leaving Seychelles today.
     Three (3) other Seychellois nationals who returned via Nairobi a week ago were released to go home
    this morning.
     A French national who left Madagascar on 13th October via Reunion will remain in the facility until
    tomorrow 19th of October.
     Two (2) Australians have also been discharged today.
     The Public Health Authority (PHA) continues to emphasise the advisory to discourage people from
    travelling to Madagascar for the time being. Anyone who has information that a Seychellois national
    is planning to travel to Madagascar should send a report to the Public Health authority or refer to
    CDCU.
     Hotline 141 is active and people can call for information and advice.


    http://www.health.gov.sc/wp-content/...tober-2017.pdf

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    Hattip: Shiloh

    Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague


    News release18 OCTOBER 2017 | VICTORIA, SEYCHELLES -Samples from patients in Seychelles suspected to be ill with pneumonic plague tested negative at a WHO partner laboratory in Paris, France on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

    The ten samples were shipped by the Seychelles Ministry of Health and WHO to the collaborating centre for Yersinia at the Institut Pasteur to confirm the status of several suspectedand one probable case – a 34-year-old Seychelles national who had returned from Madagascar with plague-like symptoms.


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    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/...e-negative/en/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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