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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-37

Effective containment of the Plague outbreak in Madagascar


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/AMJM.AMJM_4_19

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Plague is an infectious and a zoonotic disease which predominantly shows its existence in areas with poor sanitary conditions. Madagascar has reported multiple outbreaks in the recent past, including the ongoing outbreak in 2018. Acknowledging the fact that the disease is preventable and often associated with fear in the community, there is a significant and an indispensable need for the public health authorities to plan and implement targeted strategies, which not only plays an instrumental role in reducing the caseload, but also the disease-specific mortality. However, the ground reality is that none of the proposed measures can deliver sustainable results if we don't support these initiatives with financial assistance. To conclude, the need of the hour is to adopt a multi-sectoral and a multifaceted approach to ensure that the ongoing outbreak is effectively contained. However, there are no doubts that the success of the same will be eventually determined by the quality of outreach services and availability of the essential logistics.


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