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Madagascar: Bubonic Plague Kills Dozens
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:26:01 AM »
Via Sky News:

Thirty-two people have died of bubonic plague in the African island state of Madagascar.

The disease - also known as Black Death - wiped out a third of Europe's population in the Middle Ages.

Some 84 suspected cases of bubonic plague - 60 of them thought to be pneumonic or pulmonary plague, a more virulent strain of the disease - have been reported in five of the island's 112 districts over the past month.

Pneumonic plague is caused by the same bacteria that occur in bubonic plague.

However, while bubonic plague is usually transmitted by bites from rat-borne fleas and can be treated with antibiotics, pneumonic plague can be inhaled and transmitted between humans without involvement of animals or fleas.

It has a very high fatality rate, experts say, and can kill within 24 hours.

Madagascar last year reported 60 deaths from bubonic plague.

Poor hygiene and declining living standards as a result of a protracted political crisis since a coup in 2009 are cited as the primary causes of the spread of the disease.

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Re: Madagascar: Bubonic Plague Kills Dozens
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2013, 12:07:58 PM »
Poor hygiene and declining living standards
Preventable, in other words.
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