Plague kills 47 in Madagascar: official

November 25, 2014 11:51 pm 

ANTANANARIVO, Nov. 25 — A plague has killed 47 people and infected 138 in Madagascar, Prime Minister Kolo Roger, who is also the Minister of Health said in a press conference Monday evening.

He decided to hold the press conference after the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the plague killed 40 and infected 119 people in Madagascar.

These cases were confirmed on Monday, general secretary of the ministry Tafangy Philemon said at the press conference.

On this total, 27 are classified probable cases, 51 cases were confirmed from bacteriology analysis at the Institute Pasteur de Madagascar, 34 remain suspected cases and 26 others are awaiting results of analysis, Tafangy Philemon said.

The representative of WHO in Madagascar C¨¦line Seignon and the director of Institute Pasteur de Madagascar Christophe Rogier attended the press conference as well.

In 2013, the number of cases registered between Aug.1 and Nov. 24 were 241 and 48 deaths.

According to the general secretary of the Ministry of Health, between 300 and 600 suspected cases are reported each year, with about 30 cases of pulmonary plague and 10 to 70 deaths. (PNA/Xinhua)

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