Black Death epidemic fears grow as infected using untrained village healers for treatment

Thursday, September 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

BLACK Death epidemic fears have led to authorities launching a “plan of attack”, after another outbreak of the plague has infected being treated by village healers.

By Jamie Micklethwaite
20th September 2018

The Black Death claimed the lives of more than 200 people last year in one of the worst cases ever in Madagascar.

And WHO fears this year’s strain of the disease could have an even worse affect.

The start of this year’s “plague season” has begun with eight people confirmed as carrying the disease.

This has resulted in two deaths, one from the bubonic strain, and another of the pneumonic strain.

Health officials are worried that of the eight cases, four of them are the pneumonic plague, which can kill in 24 hours.

Madagascan director of health Dr. Manitra Rakotoarivony has launched a number of campaigns to prevent an outbreak like last year.

He said: “Without treatment, bubonic plague turns into lung plague and that’s why the ministry team us worried.

“Because there are people who have not gone to take the treatment, it is very problematic because traditional healers do not use drugs, they use other methods that are not affective.”

Dr Rakotoarivony fears the disease could be spread on public transport, like last year’s epidemic.

He has also urged people to seek medical help from doctors and not traditional healers.

He added: “Every carrier must enter the names of the passengers and their telephone number in case there is an infected person in the bus.

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