WHO officials have confirmed an outbreak of plague in Madagascar, according to a press release.

On Aug 31 a male from Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy was the first case identified, and the patient died on Sept 3. Madagascar’s Ministry of Health notified WHO of the outbreak on Nov 4.

As of Nov 16, there have been 119 confirmed cases of plague including 40 deaths. Only 2% of cases were of the more deadly pneumonic form.

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