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The World Health Organisation said Sunday it was boosting its response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar that has killed 24 people, as the government banned public meetings to reduce infections.
In a televised address Saturday, Prime Minister Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana said no public meetings or demonstrations would be allowed in the capital Antananarivo, which has seen six deaths in recent days.
Meeting - UN - Health - Agency - 'At
After chairing a meeting with the UN health agency, he said: 'At airports and bus stations, measures will be taken for passengers to avoid panic and to control the disease.'
Madagascar has suffered plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980, often sparked by rats fleeing forest fires, but this disease is also spread person-to-person and around 100 people are through to be infected.
Outbreak - Areas - Risk - Transmission - WHO
The current outbreak was unusual as it had affected large urban areas, increasing the risk of transmission, the WHO warned.
The outbreak is a mix of bubonic plague, which spreads by infected rats via flea bites, and pneumonic plague spread person-to-person.
Disease - Millions - People - World - Past
The highly infectious disease killed millions of people across the world in the past before being largely wiped out.
'WHO is concerned that plague could spread further because it is already present in several cities and this is...
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