Properly Purging the Plague

Madagascar’s recent pneumonic plague outbreak was uniquely contagious and affected 2 of the country’s most populated areas. Unprepared and overwhelmed, providers at capital city Antananarivo’s modest plague hospital struggled to accommodate patients and were often exposed to and infected with the disease themselves.

USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program shares its effort to provide infection prevention and control training, including the use of personal protective equipment, separate facilities for infected patients, and triage and quarantine zones for suspected cases. No further staff members were infected and the epidemic officially ended in December. Further training is planned to help other regions prepare for future outbreaks.

USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program

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