According to the latest WHO report, so far 127 people have died during the recent outbreak of plague in Madagascar. Over 1800 cases of infection have been reported, and it is feared that this number may increase, as the plague season normally lasts until April. Plague is endemic in certain parts of the country, but the worrying thing about this outbreak is that now major cities and other non-endemic areas have been affected.
From 23 to 25 October Princess Anne paid a visit to Madagascar. She attended a Service of Thanksgiving to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between the United Kingdom and Madagascar at Saint Laurent Anglican Cathedral in Antananarivo, and visited charities and organisations of which she has close connections to, including Save The Children and conservation projects.