VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES is on high alert after a serious outbreak of pneumonic plague in neighbouring MADAGASCAR, where the disease has killed 57 people in less than TWO weeks.
The World Health Organisation, WHO, says the plague has been affecting major cities and other non-endemic areas since it was FIRST detected last month in MADAGASCAR.
However, it says the outbreak, of which there has been a total of 684 suspected, probable and confirmed cases reported from 35 out of 114 districts, carries a moderate risk of spreading to neighbouring INDIAN Ocean islands.
The WHO says the danger has been mitigated by the short incubation period of pneumonic plague, from exposure to onset of symptoms, as well as exit screening measures at the airport and other major ports.
SBC News says the global organisation has sent TWO experts to assist with response to the plague, as the situation in neighbouring MADAGASCAR shows no signs of abating.
It says they are supporting the Department of Surveillance Response Unit and have carried out a ONE-day-long training workshop for contact tracing.
The authorities have admitted in hospital ONE person suspected to have been infected by the ailment, but who is no longer infectious; although he remains in isolation to complete his antibiotic course.
A statement from the Public Health Authority says they have effectively controlled all potential contacts with the suspected case.
Meanwhile, the authorities in SEYCHELLES are calling on members of the public to report any individual planning to travel to MADAGASCAR and they have given a hotline number for people to call for information and advice./Sabanews/cam