Emergencies preparedness, response

Plague in Algeria - Update 2

10 July 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 9th July, the Ministry of Health, Algeria has reported a total of 10 laboratory confirmed cases and 1 probable case of Plague in Oran district (see previous report).

A joint WHO and Ministry of Health team investigated this outbreak and the preliminary findings are being used for control measures. Further investigations will be needed to identify and describe a possible natural focus, unknown so far in Algeria, as well as to identify the mechanism of the spread of the causative organism, Yersinia pestis in this area.