Air Seychelles, the national carrier of Seychelles, has temporarily suspended service to the island of Madagascar. The airline said the suspension follows the request of the Seychelles Public Health Authority amid concerns over an outbreak of pneumonic and pulmonary plague in Madagascar. The cancellation is effective starting Friday, October 6.

Anyone affected by cancellations is urged to call +248 439 1000 or email callcentre@airseychelles.com

The Authority said that this measure is being taken due to the heightened risk of introducing the plague into Seychelles and the country’s limited capacity to keep large numbers of people under different forms of surveillance. Active preventative measures against illness are being taken in Seychelles after Alix Allisop, a Seychellois basketball coach, died from the plague last month.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 73 suspected, probable, or confirmed cases of pneumonic plague, including 17 deaths, were reported between August 23 and September 30. Since the plague’s outbreak, the Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar has enhanced field investigations, contact tracing, surveillance, and monitoring contacts of people affected by the plague.

“The outbreak currently involves several uncontrolled chains of transmission of pneumonic plague and the situation remains unclear at this stage,” said the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. “The infection and death of a foreign visitor to the country without a known source of transmission is a concern.”

Air Seychelles flew to Madagascar three times per week prior to the cancellation.

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