SA Government issues travel alert for Madagascar

The South African Department of Health has issued an alert of caution to its citizens travelling to Madagascar as a result of the current plague outbreak in the country.

The department has urged South African travellers to Madagascar to avoid highly populated areas‚ and to wear surgical masks while in transit.

A South African basketball player‚ who was attending the Indian Ocean Club Championships‚ recently contracted the plague while in Madagascar. The basketball player‚ who has not been named‚ was successfully treated in Madagascar and has returned to South Africa. He and his team members are being followed up‚ but the department said they did not pose a risk.

Air Seychelles last week announced that the airline will temporarily suspend it three-weekly service to Madagascar in an effort to prohibit the spread of the disease.

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