Madagascar hit by plague, Uganda by Marburg virus

Madagascar is currently facing the worst outbreak of plague in 50 years with more than 1,300 cases reported. 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says two thirds of those infected are suspected to be pneumonic, which is described as the “deadliest and most rapid form of plague”. Pneumonic plague can spread by coughing, and can kill within 24 hours.
 
WHO however says there is only a low risk of infection for visitors to Madagascar, though the Seychelles has banned foreign travellers coming from Madagascar.
 
"Holidaymakers are advised to speak with their travel company for clarity on their travel arrangements. Whilst the outbreak has the potential to affect tourism, this is only likely if governments fail to follow our guidance," the organisation said.
 
Meanwhile, a deadly outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD), similar to Ebola has broken out in eastern Uganda, with five cases identified so far.

 

Madagascar hit by plague, Uganda by Marburg virus

Madagascar is currently facing the worst outbreak of plague in 50 years with more than 1,300 cases reported. 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says two thirds of those infected are suspected to be pneumonic, which is described as the “deadliest and most rapid form of plague”. Pneumonic plague can spread by coughing, and can kill within 24 hours.
 
WHO however says there is only a low risk of infection for visitors to Madagascar, though the Seychelles has banned foreign travellers coming from Madagascar.
 
"Holidaymakers are advised to speak with their travel company for clarity on their travel arrangements. Whilst the outbreak has the potential to affect tourism, this is only likely if governments fail to follow our guidance," the organisation said.
 
Meanwhile, a deadly outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD), similar to Ebola has broken out in eastern Uganda, with five cases identified so far.