influenza epidemic in Madagascar

Influenza epidemic in Madagascar controlled, says Minister of Public health

The outbreak of influenza that has been raging for nearly three months on the Big Island has contaminated a vast majority of the population. However, the epidemic is under control, according to the Minister of Public health.

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Flu outbreak in Madagascar is under control

Nothing to fear.

The epidemic of influenza in Madagascar, which has been raging for nearly three months now, is closely monitored. This was asserted by the Minister of Public health, Professor Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo, yesterday at the opening of the sixth annual conference of the network ANISE (African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology).

Many people have been hospitalized due to the AH1N1 flu, particularly in the capital city and in Toamasina. For the moment, no assessment has been made, according to the official sources. The epidemic is nonetheless starting to soften and reported cases of AH1N1 flu have declined in recent weeks.

However, vigilance is recommended because, unlike European countries, Madagascar does not have an influenza season. The flu is present on the territory throughout the year.

“We are still monitoring this virus to make sure that there is no new epidemic that could reappear in few months,” declared Dr. Jean Michel Heraud, head of the virology unit within the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar (IPM) and Director of the National Reference Center for Influenza in Madagascar.

influenza epidemic in Madagascar
Dr. Jean Michel Heraud, Head of the virology unit in  the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar (IPM) and Director of the national reference center for influenza in Madagascar.
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According to Dr. Mahery Ratsitorahana, Director of health surveillance and epidemiological surveillance, Madagascar has a strong resistance to potential pandemics, thanks to the presence of three virological surveillance laboratories in Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, and Toamasina.

Currently, Madagascar counts 54 basic health centers, 18 hospital centers and more than 100 community workers mobilized to monitor and take care of patients in case of an epidemic. In addition, vaccines are offered to patients, although these are still not very accessible to the majority of the population because of their high cost.

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