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Madagascar Plague Deaths Rise

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An outbreak of high contagious plague has claimed 30 lives in the impoverished Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar over the last two months, authorities said Wednesday.

"We have recorded 194 suspected cases of plague, including 30 deaths," health official Manitra Rakotoarivony said in a statement, updated the death toll from 25.

Madagascar has a history of plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980, often sparked by rats fleeing forest fires.

The current outbreak is unusual as it has affected urban areas, increasing the risk of transmission, said the World Health Organisation.
Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-madagascar-plague-death-toll-climbs.html

 

Why 'Plague Season' Is A Big Worry In Madagascar This Year
Article by a science journalist: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/04/555338600/why-plague-season-is-a-big-worry-in-madagascar-this-year

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Plague is endemic to Madagascar, and that is why Hitler wanted to ship the Jews there: it would have been a giant gas chamber, except that Yersinia pestis would substitue for the Zyklon B..

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Madagascar plague death toll rises to 165 as scientists fear deadly virus WILL reach US, Europe and Britain and could mutate to become UNTREATABLE

    World Health Organization data shows a 15% jump in fatalities over three days
    Scientists are worried the 'worst outbreak in 50 years' has reached 'crisis' point
    At least 2,034 people have been struck down by a more lethal form of the plague
    Ten countries have been placed on high alert, with Malawi now bracing itself
    Other scientists fear this year's outbreak will reach well beyond mainland Africa
    Two thirds of all the cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague
    This can spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and kill within 24 hours


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5076955/Plague-death-toll-rises-165-Madagascar.html#ixzz4yLbShDPS


 

 

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In Madagascar, ceremonies in which families exhume the remains of dead relatives, rewrap them in fresh cloth and dance with the corpses are a sacred ritual.

But an outbreak of plague sweeping the Indian Ocean island nation has prompted warnings that the macabre spectacle, known as the turning of the bones or bodyturning, presents a serious risk of contamination.

On a recent baking hot Saturday in Ambohijafy, a village outside the capital Antananarivo, a "turning" procession snaked through the streets in a fevered carnival atmosphere bound for the cemetery.

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'It's not possible to eradicate plague': Scientists warn deadly disease will ravage the planet for ETERNITY as Madagascar's 'worst outbreak in 50 years' continues to escalate

    World Health Organization data shows 2,119 people have now been infected
    Scientists are worried the 'worst outbreak in 50 years' has reached 'crisis' point
    Ten countries have been placed on high alert as experts fear it will reach Africa
    Other scientists fear this year's outbreak will reach well beyond mainland Africa
    Two thirds of all the cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague
    This can spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and kill within 24 hours


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5092293/It-s-not-possible-eradicate-plague-scientists-warn.html#ixzz4ypPfli3B


 

 

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Plague is easily treatable with antibiotics, these days.  IF you can get the victims to take them.  Of course, eradicating the fleas from the rodents would be a better solution, but the countries burdened by the plague aren't able to afford such hygienic practices, I guess.

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On 11/13/2017 at 0:56 PM, seeder said:

 

Oh great. More stuff to worry about. 

Eat dessert first, people. Ya never know.

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2 hours ago, ChaosRose said:

Eat dessert first, people. Ya never know.

:w00t: :tu:  It's a fine motto to live by.

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