Black Death ‘global outbreak’ warning widens as World Health Organisation names NINE countries, including Mauritius, amid experts fears.
South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion have all been placed on high alert by World Health Organisation (WHO) monitors, said British newspapers.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also issued travel warnings to British travellers, mentioning travel links between Madagascar (one of the worst hit nations) with the Seychelles and Mauritius.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for Madagascar is subject to controversy.
It also considers ‘there is a very low risk’ for International Travellers to the Seychelles and did not mention Mauritius as under threat of the Black Death outbreak in Madagascar.
While the local newspapers in the UK are publishing panicky headlines that are screaming ‘Africa is under threat of a plague”, the WHO said whilst events in recent weeks have given cause for concern, the World Health Organisation has advised that ‘there is a very low risk’ for International Travellers to the Seychelles.
“WHO also reports a low risk for travellers to Madagascar; for both destinations they call for information to be provided to holidaymakers so that they can manage any risk. There are however travel restrictions imposed by the Seychelles, one being a ban on foreign travellers coming from Madagascar.
“This is subject to controversy as WHO does not believe that this is necessary. Holidaymakers would be advised to speak with their travel company for clarity on their travel arrangements. Whilst this has the potential to affect tourism, this is only likely if the National governments fail to follow the guidance of WHO.”
The Daily Express reported that AFRICA is on the brink of a major plague outbreak with 1,300 cases spreading across the continent.
It said there was a plague holiday warning and included Mauritius and Seychelles on a watch list.
They said “Mauritius and the Seychelles, both popular holiday destinations for Britons, are close to Madagascar, where the plague started.”
Travel Health Pro, the portal travellers are advised to look at by the FCO, advises the number of new cases of pulmonary plague is currently declining.