Outbreak of the plague in Madagascar kills 40

Outbreak of the plague in Madagascar kills 40
By Euronews
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The World Health Organisation has sounded the alarm over an outbreak of the plague in Madagascar.

It says 40 people have died since August, out of a total of some 120 cases.

The WHO says there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly, and not everyone is aware of the crisis.

One resident said: “I don’t know anything about a disease outbreak. I really do not know what you’re talking about.”

There is concern that cases may start to spread in the capital, which has a dense population and a lack of good healthcare facilities.

Another resident said: “Our hospital can’t treat serious illnesses; they don’t have the facilities. They don’t even have medicine to deal with small cases.”

The plague is a deadly infectious disease spread between rodents, mainly by fleas, and humans infected can develop a bubonic form of plague.

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