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Pneumonic plague outbreak hits cities in Madagascar

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4595 (Published 05 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4595
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Ten cities in Madagascar have been hit by pneumonic plague, the first time the most virulent form of the disease has been seen in densely populated urban areas, the World Health Organization has said.

Although plague is endemic to Madagascar, bubonic plague predominates, generally affecting remote areas of the country. But the government confirmed on 30 September that a 31 year old basketball coach from the Seychelles who was taking part in a basketball …

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