Fatal plague outbreak in Madagascar: Pneumonic plague has health officials scrambling

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 the air when an infected person coughs, and is 100 percent fatal if left untreated.In response, the Malagasy Red Cross said it mobilized 700 volunteers to work on community education, tracing people ...


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