Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Plague in Algeria

24 June 2003 (revised 26 June 2003)

Disease Outbreak Reported

"As of 23 June, the Ministry of Health, Algeria has reported a total of 10 cases, 8 cases of bubonic plague and 2 of septicemic plague, one of which was fatal, in Tafraoui, on the outskirts of Oran. Cases have been treated with antibiotics and preventive measures have been taken. To date, no new cases have been officially reported.

WHO is working with the Ministry of Health to provide rapid diagnostic tests and technical support in liaison with two WHO Collaborating Centres who are both partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network:Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, and Kazakh Scientific Centre for Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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