UAE issues travel warning on Madagascar as pneumonia cases rise

The UAE's Ministry of Health encouraged travellers to visit its clinics for medical advice, vaccines and preventive and curative services
The World Health Organization has warned that a deadly outbreak of the Pneumonic plague, which began in late August, has claimed more than 20 lives in Madagascar and is swiftly spreading in cities across the country.
By Staff writer
Thu 19 Oct 2017 09:40 AM

UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has issued a warning to UAE nationals and residents about traveling to Madagascar, after the country reported an alarming rise in cases of pneumonia.

MOHAP urged all travelers to visit traveler health clinics and health authorities throughout the country to learn more about the latest developments in the world, including Madagascar, for medical advice, vaccines and preventive and curative services.

The Ministry is currently working in close cooperation with the Dubai Health Authority, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi and General Civil Aviation Authority on awareness leaflets to be distributed during the flights. The leaflets highlight information and advice on the disease, its symptoms and how to obtain medical treatment.

There are currently no direct flights between the UAE and Madagascar, except through indirect flights via domestic and international airlines through Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Last Updated: Thu 19 Oct 2017 11:09 AM GST

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