Health Minister takes strict security measures
The dangerous lung plague continues to spread. According to official announcements, the highly contagious infectious disease has now reached the Seychelles. The island state's health ministry confirmed Tuesday that a 34-year-old man brought the disease from Madagascar. To prevent further infections, travelers are now being quarantined and flights to Madagascar are being stopped.
Pest claims many lives in Madagascar
The dangerous lung plague is currently raging particularly badly in Madagascar. Almost 350 illnesses and more than 40 deaths have been reported so far, most of which is the so-called lung plague. This is rarer, but significantly more dangerous than other forms of the disease and is primarily transmitted by coughing up close. To prevent the spread of the disease, flights were discontinued, among other things - but apparently too late. Because, as officially confirmed, the lung plague has now reached the Seychelles. The island minister of health has therefore ordered quarantine for all travelers arriving from Madagascar.
Six days of isolation
As the Ministry of Health of the Seychelles reports, the Minister of Health Jean-Paul Adam confirmed in parliament on Wednesday that from now on all people entering Madagascar will have to spend six days in isolation. The isolation center will be set up in the Seychelles Coast Guard military academy on Perseverance Island, near the capital, Victoria, the message said. The entry would be actively monitored here before they are allowed to enter the Seychelles.
Contact persons are monitored
On Tuesday, the ministry confirmed that a 34-year-old man had brought in the pneumonia from Madagascar. The man had arrived in Seychelles on Friday October 6 and has been under surveillance since then. According to the ministry, he was immediately treated with antibiotics and all people who were in direct contact with him were immediately contacted.
"There are 12 members of his close family who have been brought to the military academy to be actively monitored," Jean-Paul Adam is quoted in another release. In addition to this, other people were summoned for preventive treatment because the infected had attended a meeting when he returned to the country. However, these people had no symptoms, but were only treated prophylactically, the health minister emphasized.
WHO warns of the spread of the plague
The plague is one of the most devastating epidemics and claimed millions of lives, especially in the Middle Ages. Even today, the infectious disease has not been defeated. According to a WHO survey, 3,248 cases were known worldwide between 2010 and 2015, of which 584 were fatal. According to the World Health Organization, the currently three most endemic countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Peru. But the WHO warns that the plague will return in other countries.
Pulmonary plague quickly leads to death if left untreated
The so-called lung plague is a severe lung infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and is usually transmitted from person to person via droplet infection (e.g. when coughing or sneezing). Therefore, the disease spreads quickly, especially in densely populated areas.
Typical symptoms of the rare but highly contagious lung plague are high fever, headache, shortness of breath, chest pain and cough. The incubation period is typically one to seven days. If the disease is diagnosed early, it can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it leads to death about two days after the onset of symptoms. (No)