The World Health Organization chief Wednesday said a deadly plague epidemic appeared to have been brought under control in Madagascar, but warned the next outbreak would likely be stronger.
But Tedros voiced alarm that “plague in Madagascar behaved in a very, very different way this year.”
Cases sprang up far earlier than usual and, instead of being confined to the countryside, the disease infiltrated towns. The authorities recorded more than 2,000 cases, and Tedros said Wednesday the death toll stood at 207.
He also pointed to the presence of the pneumonic version, which spreads more easily and is more virulent, in the latest outbreak.