Outbreak of bubonic plague kills 40 out of just 120 cases in Madagascar amid fears disease will spread through the capital

Sunday, November 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

40 people have died from the plague in less than three months
There have been 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since August
Experts now fear there is a risk of the bacterial disease spreading
World Health Organisation has not recommend trade or travel restrictions
Last known outbreak of plague was in Peru in August 2010

By Sam Matthew
22 November 2014

An outbreak of bubonic plague has killed 40 people in less than three months, the World Health Organisation said.

There have been 119 confirmed cases of the disease reported in Madagascar since late August and experts fear there is a risk of it spreading ‘rapidly.’

Two per cent of the cases recorded on the Indian Ocean island have been pneumonic plague, ‘one of the most deadly infectious diseases,’ that can kill within 24 hours.

Health experts now fear the greatest risk could be in the capital, Antananarivo, where high population density and a weaknesses in the health care system could see it quickly spread.

To date only two cases of plague and one death have been recorded there.

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