BLACK PLAGUE UPDATE: DEPT. OF HEALTH SETS MEASURES TO PREVENT SPREAD INTO SA
Causing major international concern of late is the outbreak of the deadly Black Plague in Madagascar. In the week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officials warned that the pandemic could explode and last a further six months as the island starts its rainy season. So far, at least 128 people have been killed and more than 1 300 infected by the medieval disease. However, WHO has advised against any travel or trade restriction as the risk of international spread of plague appears very low.
South Africa’s Department of Health has issued an advisory that sets out the preventative measures already implemented to prevent the importation of plague into South Africa. These include:
– Alerting all airline companies to remain vigilant for suspected ill passengers
– Port health officials have enhanced their screening measures to detect ill passengers arriving into the country
– All provincial outbreak response teams have been alerted to enhance preparedness and implement response measures in the event that a case is detected in the country.
Click here to read the full DoT advisory
Click here for further information on plague and the latest WHO advice on travel.
MALARIA ADVISORY: DEPT. OF HEALTH URGES TRAVELLERS TO TAKE PRECAUTION
Coinciding with this week’s SADC Malaria Week, the Department of Health (DoH) issued an advisory for all travellers planning to visit the areas most affected by Malaria in South Africa, to take precautions against the disease. The alert comes after a high number of malaria cases were reported in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in recent weeks following a high 2017 malaria season. Click here to view the advisory which includes ‘’need to know’’ facts about malaria, hot spot areas and how travellers can prevent contracting the disease.