Village in Madagascar hit by deadly outbreak of bubonic plague

December 11, 2013 MADAGASCAR A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed. Tests were carried out after at least 20 people in the village, near the north-western town of Mandritsara, were reported to have died last week. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October that Madagascar was at risk of a plague epidemic. The disease is transmitted to humans via fleas, usually from rats. Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare. Last year, Madagascar had 60 deaths from the plague, the world’s highest recorded number. The Pasteur Institute of Madagascar confirmed on Tuesday that tests taken from bodies in the village last week showed that they had died of the bubonic plague. The BBC’s Tim Healy in the capital, Antananarivo, says health officials have now gone to the remote area to investigate. Prisoners on the island are usually most affected by the plague, which is spread because of unhygienic conditions, he says. The prevalence of rats in Madagascar’s prisons means the plague can spread easily. The Pasteur Institute said there were concerns that the disease could spread to towns and cities where living standards have declined since a coup in 2009 and the ensuing political crisis. On 20 December a second round is being held of presidential elections aimed at ending the political deadlock. –BBC
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2 Responses to Village in Madagascar hit by deadly outbreak of bubonic plague

  1. Helen Parks says:

    Black Death study lets rats off the hook | World news | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com › News › World news › Animals‎
    Aug 17, 2011 – Plague of 1348-49 spread so fast in London the carriers had to be humans not black rats, says archaeologist. … Bubonic plague victims of 14th century London, uncovered in the 1980s in an excavation at the Old Royal Mint.

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  2. niebo says:

    Let us hope that it has not had opportunity to become “pneumonic”.

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