Madagascar plague spreading from relatives digging up their dead and DANCING with the corpses as part of ancient ritual
THE SUN – DANNY COLLINS/PHOTO CREDIT: NH53
RELATIVES dancing with the corpses of their loved ones are helping to spread the plague, officials have warned.
Madagascans have been told to stop the traditional practice of Famadihana – which sees locals dig up deceased relatives and dance with them before they are re-buried.
It is feared the ceremony has helped spread an outbreak of pneumonic plague that has left more than 120 dead on the African island.
The country’s health chief Willy Randriamarotia said: “If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a Famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body.”