18th October 2017 – The Plague outbreak in Madagascar persists and is expanding into new areas. However, there is now a strong WHO and other partners’ support on the field that is doing active contact tracing and providing prophylaxis. About 3000 current contacts are on prophylaxis. Mauritius has reported a suspected case but the person has since been tested negative and was discharged. All countries in the region are on heightened surveillance and have issued travel advisory.

Local update

  • All samples that were sent to Institut Pasteur Paris have been tested by using the PCR technique (Polymerase Chain Reaction). This was a confirmatory test and they were all NEGATIVE.
  • All the patients who were isolated on the ward have now been discharged home, including the index case without any further risk. All admitted persons were on antibiotics, including second line.
  • They can carry on with normal life as they do not have the plague.
  • As of today all persons who were still on passive surveillance have completed their time and those who were still on antibiotics can stop. People on active surveillance
  • Last night four (4) Seychellois and one American were admitted at the Perseverance military academy. They had arrived through Mauritius from Madagascar. They are well and will remain there until 24thOctober. The American is leaving Seychelles today.
  • Three (3) other Seychellois nationals who returned via Nairobi a week ago were released to go home this morning.
  • A French national who left Madagascar on 13thOctober via Reunion will remain in the facility until tomorrow 19thof October.
  • Two (2) Australians have also been discharged today.
  • The Public Health Authority (PHA) continues to emphasise the advisory to discourage people from travelling to Madagascar for the time being. Anyone who has information that a Seychellois national is planning to travel to Madagascar should send a report to the Public Health authority or refer to CDCU.
  • 141 Hotline is active and people can call for information and advice.

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