Plague is ravaging Madagascar at record rates with Black Death cases rising 8% in just a week
THE SUN – COREY CHARLTON
THE deadly plague outbreak ravaging Madagascar is continuing to spread with almost 2,000 people now infected with the disease.
Official WHO (World Health Organization) figures show some 143 people have been killed by the Black Death – an outbreak of which notoriously killed off one third of medieval Europe.
The plague, which is airborne and spreading via coughing and sneezing, has been ripping through the east African nation since August.
In the past week alone it has spread by eight percent, and experts warn it is the worst outbreak in 50 years with 1,947 total cases so far.
WHO also reports the plague has reached 73 per cent of the country.
The outbreak is considered a much bigger threat to the region than in previous years because it has taken on its more deadly pneumonic form.