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Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40

  • 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.

      

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