Pneumonic plague in Madagascar now in the east of the island and with over-use of anti-biotics fears of disease mutating could becoming untreatable
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Around 5 pm yesterday [Mon 11 Sep 2017], a 40-year-old woman suspected to have died from the pneumonic plague, according to a source within the (BMH), was buried at the cemetery of Anjanahary.
She died at the Respiratory Diseases Service of the hospital in Antananarivo-city, after being admitted on [ Sun 10 Sep 2017], according to concordant sources.
The victim had contracted the disease during a holiday in the east of the Big Island.
"She was staying with her family in Toamasina, when 4 of the family, including the husband and wife, died suddenly.
It was suspected plague," reported a relative.
The eastern part of the island is, however, not a plague area.
It is feared that those deaths are connected to that of a person who came from Moramanga and was travelling in Toamasina.
Sources reveal that the latter would have joined Toamasina by bush taxi, starting from Moramanga, following a suspected pneumonic plague outbreak.
It is believed that a young man sitting next to him in the public transport was then infected, and also died.
Asked about these facts, the responsible service of the fight against the plague in the Ministry of Public Health at the hospital, preferred to remain silent.
The same happened with the director of health surveillance and epidemiological surveillance of the Ministry, who is currently on a mission to Toamasina Another source in the ministry who would urge everyone to take precautions against these suspected cases of plague, revealed the existence of 5 suspicious deaths and 10 patients since the beginning of the plague season.