Several instances of quarantine populated the news this week. Quarantine is a long-standing staple of public health, but it is often misunderstood and misused. We take a brief look at quarantine in the context of outbreak response and use these recent examples to illustrate some of the situations in which it can be an effective response tool.
Outbreak Observatory takes a look back at outbreaks in 2017.
The plague outbreak in Madagascar has exceeded 1,300 cases and 100 deaths. As Madagascar and neighboring countries attempt to prevent international spread, questions remain about the actual size of the epidemic and the effectiveness of some control measures.
An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has resulted in cases in several major cities, increasing the risk of further transmission.