Seychelles has announced it will restrict entry of travellers coming from Madagascar due to the current outbreak of plague, eTurbo News claims.
The decision is at the request of the Public Health Authority and is a preventive measure being taken due to the heightened risk of introducing the pneumonic plague into Seychelles, which is currently ravaging Madagascar.
The Seychelles’ Health Ministry has confirmed that the country detected its first probable case of the pneumonic plague on Tuesday. The patient is a Seychellois man who came back from Madagascar on an Air Seychelles flight on Friday, October 6.
The Seychelles authorities are on high alert ever since it was confirmed that a Seychellois basketball coach, died in a hospital in Madagascar last month, after contracting the disease.
Both the Tourism Ministry and Seychelles Tourism Board are counting on all airlines flying to Seychelles to cooperate and refrain from boarding any travellers coming to Seychelles from Madagascar for the moment. Any traveller who slips through the system or transits through Seychelles from Madagascar will be given the option to go back immediately, otherwise they will have to go into an isolation centre for six days.