The Madagascar health ministry has reported that now 74 people killed due to plague outbreak. In addition to reported casualties, 805 plague cases also recorded in more than two months.
The current outbreak has affected urban areas in Madagascar
Earlier, the death toll stood at 33 with 230 people ill ten days ago. Normally, Indian Ocean island nation has rate of 400 cases annually. The majority of cases are of pneumonic plague. Pneumonic plague usually affects the lungs and spread through coughing.
Moreover, the current outbreak has affected urban areas including the capital, Antananarivo. According to media, passengers at the city’s transport hubs are subject to medical inspections, while, infected areas sterilized to kill fleas. Schools and universities have closed down whereas public gatherings have banned.
The less toxic bubonic plague is more common on the island. Mostly, rodents fleeing forest fires help in its spread. When these infected fleas bite humans then made them ill.
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