Bubonic plague returns to Madagascar
December 12 , 2013
Bubonic plague has been detected in a village in Madagascar, where nearly 20 people lost their lives last week.
The Red Cross warned of this rare disease's outbreak in the region in October. According to the Guardian, the outbreak didn't take place during the customary plague season of the island and is one of the worst recent plagues on the planet.
Moreover, the village is at a lower elevation, which raises the possibility of the growth of the disease.
The source of the bubonic plague is generally rats but the disease isn't contagious; rat-infested prisons in the country are particularly susceptible in the region.
About 60 people in Madagascar died from the disease last year.