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Eurosurveillance, Volume 7, Issue 28, 10 July 2003

Citation style for this article: Outbreak of plague in Algeria. Euro Surveill. 2003;7(28):pii=2256. Available online:

Outbreak of plague in Algeria

Editorial team (, Eurosurveillance editorial office.

As of 2 July, the Ministry of Health in Algeria has reported 10 cases of plague in Oran, 400 km west of Algiers, Algeria. Of the 10 cases, eight have been laboratory confirmed (1). These include eight cases of bubonic plague and two of septicemic plague, one of which was fatal. Eight further cases are under investigation.

A team from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Institut Pasteur in Paris is working with the Ministry of Health to carry out epidemiological investigations and assist with vector control measures.

References :
  1. WHO. Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response. Disease Outbreak Reported: Plague in Algeria - update, 3 July 2003 (

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