Encounters with plague: tracing and preventing infection

November 2017 - In Madagascar, where a severe plague epidemic has unfolded since August 2017, the number of new infections is finally in decline. WHO is supporting health authorities to respond to the outbreak, from setting up specialized plague treatment units in health centres, to distributing medicines across the country. A particularly effective action has involved training teams to find people who have been in contact with a plague patient – a system known as "contact tracing" – to help ensure these contacts are protected from falling sick themselves.

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