Seychelles cases test negative for plague- WHO

| Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 9:14am



Although an outbreak of so-called pneumonic plague has raised alarm and led to fatalities on the island of Madagascar in the past few days, samples taken from suspected cases in the Seychelles have tested negative, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday.

Samples from 10 patients were shipped by authorities on the Seychelles and WHO to a leading French laboratory for analysis, after a Seychelles national fell ill, following a visit to neighbouring Madagascar.

The 34-year-old man returned with plague-like symptoms.

At least 70 people have died in Madagascar during the "unprecedented" outbreak, with a total of 849 cases reported, said WHO.

The agency said it was working with the health authorities on both island nations to reduce the risk of deadly plague spreading.

Matt Wells, United Nations/ GBCONLINE.