15th October 2017 – Today Sunday 15th October 2017 at 10:00 am, the 12 family members (11 on Mahe and 1 on Praslin) of the first index probable case were discharged home after completing the stipulated 7 days’ post exposure to a probable plague case. They have remained well and without symptoms.

Meanwhile the outbreak in Madagascar continues and remains uncontrolled

Suspected Case update
  • A total of 13 people remain admitted in isolation in hospital.
  • The index patient (probable case) is still admitted on the hospital ward and has no symptoms and is stable. Today is the 7th day of treatment and as per clinical guidelines, the patient is no longer infectious. He remains to complete his antibiotic course.
  • The other eleven (12) patients in the hospital are stable on treatment and asymptomatic. These include the foreign national.
Contact tracing and surveillance
  • The total number of people admitted at the Perseverance military academy for active surveillance are now 6. None of them has developed any symptoms.
  • Eleven (11) family members of the first probable case, were discharged to go home today as they did not develop any symptoms during their stay. This confirms that they did not contract plague.

Minister Jean Paul Adam along with other senior health officials were there to talk with them before they took their transport home.

  • One (1) family member on active surveillance at Baie Ste Anne Praslin hospital is also being discharged today Sunday.
  • Three (3) Seychellois nationals returned from Madagascar via Nairobi on Thursday 12th. They remain well and are receiving prophylaxis.
  • Two (2) Australians who arrived on Friday 13th October from Mauritius after having spent time in Madagascar will remain in active surveillance for 7 days before being released on 20thOctober if they do not develop any symptoms.
  • The Japanese and two (2) Italians left Seychelles last night.
  • A total of 577 children and 63 teachers at Anse Boileau Primary School and crèche have been given antibiotic prophylaxis. This is a precautionary measure in view of a potential contact with an admitted child. By Tuesday 17th October they would have spent 7 days aftecontact with the admitted child. While they have to finish their antibiotics course, they will come off passive surveillance
  • Should anyone who is on prophylaxis develop fever, cough or other symptoms, they should contact their health centre, the Hotline 141, Dr Jastin Bibi on 2723739 or Dr Naomi Adeline 2711818
  • Regional Health facilities (Beau Vallon, English River, Les Mamelles, Anse Boileau health centres and Anse Royale and Baie Ste Anne Hospitals) are being used to assess contact and provide prophylaxis.
  • The Public Health Authority (PHA) is reinforcing the advisory to discourage people from travelling to Madagascar for the time being.
  • Hotline 141 is active and people can call for information and advice.

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