UPDATE: Plague outbreak could explode at any time in next six months… SUPER-Strain… WHO preps…
JUST THE START
Madagascar plague set to last another SIX MONTHS as health officials warn Black Death pandemic could explode
World health officials say rainy season poses a big threat to containing the spread of the disease. At least 128 people have been killed and more than 1,300 infected by the deadlier pneumonic strain of the Medieval disease
MADAGASCAR’S deadly Black Death outbreak could last another SIX MONTHS – with officials warning the oncoming rainy season could see the epidemic explode.
At least 128 people have been killed and more than 1,300 infected by the deadly pneumonic strain of the medieval disease.
And while health officials have seen a slight dip in victims, they warned it could explode at any point between now and April.
Tarik Jašarevi? of the World Health Organisation told The Sun: “We cannot say with certainty that the epidemic has subsided.
“We are about three months into the epidemic season, which goes on until April 2018.
“Even if the recent declining trend is confirmed, we cannot rule out the possibility of further spikes in transmission between now and April 2018.
“The proportion of pneumonic plague – the form which can be transmitted from person to person – is much higher than in the past.”
Even worse than the Black Death – Madagascar PLAGUE more deadly than 14th century killer
THE PLAGUE currently killing and infecting hundreds of people in Madagascar and East Africa is even more deadly than the Black Death which left 200 MILLION dead across the world.
A state of emergency has gripped Madagascar with schools and public meeting spaces closed, panic buying and hoarding of antibiotics, and 15,000 teachers being re-trained to spot and isolate those with signs of plague.
But the plague, which has so far killed 123 and left hundreds infected, is a super-strain which is even more infectious and deadly than famous the Bubonic Plague of the 14th century.
The Madagascar Plague is actually THREE plagues.
The first is bubonic – the type which ravaged Europe and the Mediterranean in the thirteen hundreds, leaving up to 60 percent dead.
World Health Organisation intervenes to stem outbreak that has infected 1,200
The WHO says: “Plague is a preventable and treatable disease; however, untreated pneumonic plague is always fatal.
“Nine countries and overseas territories have been identified as priority countries in the African region for plague preparedness and readiness by virtue of having trade and travel links to Madagascar.
“These countries and overseas territories include Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, La Réunion (France), Seychelles, South Africa, and Tanzania.”
A spokesperson for the WHO told The Independent that plague has not been detected in any of these countries.
Warnings of ‘GLOBAL OUTBREAK’ of Black Death as PLAGUE continues to spread
Some 1,300 cases of the pneumonic plague, Black Death which is transmitted by air, have now been confirmed.
An estimated 50 million lives were lost as a result of the Black Death epidemic of the 1300s.
And now the deadly disease has spread into more African countries after taking root in Madagascar.
Countries affected include South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion.