Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2002 - Influenza in Madagascar - Update

07 August 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Health has announced that the Institut Pasteur, Madagascar has isolated influenza A (H3N2) viruses from 2 out of 39 samples taken from cases in Fianarantsoa province, an area where outbreaks of an influenza-like illness have been reported (see previous report).

The Ministry of Health has updated the epidemiological data: Since 4 July 2002, a total of 1 291 cases and 156 deaths have been reported. 

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