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Officials are struggling to contain a widespread and deadly outbreak of the plague that’s been wreaking havoc in Madagascar since late August.  At least 45 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak, with more than 385 confirmed cases reported in 27 out of the country’s 114 districts.The outbreak is worrisome because a majority of the confirmed illnesses include cases of the pneumonic plague, which can be transmitted through ... More
Even for Madagascar, this is no ordinary bubonic plague outbreak.Madagascar has the world’s highest incidence of the bacterial infection that earned the grim name “the Black Death” after it killed an estimated 50 million people in the 14th century. The rat- and flea-borne illness hits the island nation every year from about December to April.But this year is different, says the World Health Organization’s Dr. Eric ... More
The people of Madagascar were shaken by a rare moderately-strong M5.5 earthquake on January12, 2017 in the morning. Earthquakes are rare but not uncommon in Madagascar. This is the 8thlargest quake in Madagascar’s history, the strongest having struck more than 67 years ago. Witnesses described fairly strong shaking during 15 to 20 seconds. There were no immediatereports of injuries or significant damage. The United States ... More

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