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    Faratsiho: Suspicions of pulmonary plague on nine people

    August 13, 2019 Miangaly Ralitera

    Two districts of Antananarivo province registered suspected cases of plague in a matter of days. The number of victims is twelve.

    Panic around a suspicion of epidemic of Faratsiho lung plague. Nine suspected cases are treated in a district health facility. The youngest would be only 4 months old, but there would also be adults, including a 45-year-old. "Supported in time, the victims survived. The treatments continue, and there is a favorable evolution of their state of health. Our care teams are superb, "reported Dr. Solofoniaina Armand Rafalimanantsoa, ​​Director of Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Surveillance and Response (DVSSER) at the Ministry of Public Health, yesterday.

    The victims would have presented the evocative signs, namely fever, cough, migraine, fatigue, breathing problem. "The evolution of the disease has been very fast," he adds, while stressing that we can not yet confirm that it is really lung plague.

    These cases were listed on August 8th and 9th. Alerted by this evolving, spreading and rapidly killing disease, health workers have been combing through to identify other likely victims. "We did some kind of police investigation of people who have been in contact with patients," the source said. Since Sunday, no new cases have been identified.

    Twelve cases in a few days

    These patients live in three villages in Faratsiho District. They would be parents and neighbors. The reason for this disease, which has claimed nine lives in the space of a few days, remains unknown. "The link of the disease with the practice of exhumation is not excluded". Exhumation increases the risk of transmission of pulmonary plague, if ever, a plague victim was buried in the family tomb.
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    Les services sanitaires ont identifié treize cas de peste présumés. Des analyses sont en cours, mais le doute des médecins est très faible. Cette soudaine réapparition de la peste correspond à la multiplication des feux de brousse qui chassent les rats vers des villes surchargées d'immondices.
    Par Fabrice Floch
    Publié le 14/08/2019 à 11:09

    Google translation: Health services have identified thirteen cases of suspected plague. Analyzes are in progress, but the doctors' doubt is very weak. This sudden reappearance of the plague corresponds to the multiplication of bush fires that chase rats to cities overflowing with filth.
    By Fabrice Floch
    Posted on 14/08/2019 at 11:09

    This is not yet panic, but the health authorities of Madagascar are very worried. Thirteen people, probably victims of the plague, have been admitted to the hospital since the beginning of the month. Dr. Armand Rafalimannantsoa, ​​director of epidemiological surveillance for the Ministry of Health, has expressed his concern to the Madagascar Express of the multiplication of bush fires: "These are the precursory signs of a cohabitation between the rats and the bush. These practices force the rats to leave their habitat.These rodents are the vector of the plague ".

    Cities are crumbling under the rubbish

    The Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development was alerted on July 23, 2019, about the incidence of bush fires. Specialized brigades have been set up to educate farmers about the consequences of these wildfires. If the discussions are futile, the sanctions will be strengthened and applied without fail. In addition, the ministry will fight relentlessly against wild dumps. Sanitation, the capital and its suburbs are an absolute emergency.

    The first focus is located south-southwest of Antananarivo

    The first cases of plague were located in Faratsiho, Ambatomirahavavy and Arivonimamo, three small communities located in the highlands of the Big Island, already affected by this disease in the past. The doctor in charge of the health watch wants to get a better control of the passengers who move in bush taxi: "We need to know their name, where they come from and where they go when they are in the sectors concerned. Awareness will not be enough to prevent a plague epidemic. "