Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40
November 22 , 2014
A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed around 40 people and infected another 80, the WHO has reportedly said.
There is a danger of the disease spreading rapidly in capital Antananarivo, the UN health agency warned, adding that the situation has been worsened because fleas had shown a high level of resistance to a key insecticide.
Bubonic plague, which is treatable if detected early, spreads in humans from bites by infected fleas that are carried by rodents.
In Madagascar, however, 2% of cases are of pneumonic plague, a more dangerous form of the disease which can spread people-to-people by coughing.