Plague death toll in Madagascar rises to more than 140 people

Plague death toll in Madagascar rises to more than 140 people

More than 1,900 people have been infected by the worst outbreak of the disease for 50 years

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More than 140 people have died in Madagascar in the worst outbreak of plague in the country for 50 years. 

A total of 1,947 remain afflicted with the disease, which continues to spread on the island off the eastern coast of Africa. 

The variation of plague the country is suffering from is airborne, with individuals able to become infected after coming into contact with pathogens transferred by sneezes or coughs.

Without treatment from antibiotics, it can kill within 24 hours. 

Nine countries on the east of the continent, including South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania, remain on high alert to deal with any reported cases. 

Despite this, the Mail Online is reporting a professor predicting it would soon affect these nations across the Indian Ocean. 

The source of the outbreak has been reported to be an increase in the population of rats within the island's two major cities, Toamasina and Antananarivo.