Thursday, December 19, 2013

Madagascar battles the Black Death | The Verge

If you have read Dan Brown’s recent blockbuster novel, Inferno, than you are pretty familiar with the discussions around The Plague, also known as the Black Death, Bubonic Plague, and a number of other pseudonyms.

Sadly, there is a modern day outbreak in Madagascar that has killed dozens of people. Health specialists add that antibiotics are difficult to bring into play as the time between infection and death could be as little as 3 days, leaving little time for the drugs to work.

"There is an epidemic in Madagascar which is currently affecting five districts out of 112", according to a Health Ministry statement. "Eighty-six people have been inflicted by the plague, of which 39 have died.” According to experts, over 80% of the reported Bubonic Plague cases in the world are from Madagascar.


Madascar, officially the Republic of Madascar, is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. Health conditions in the country are considered poor, with a lack of suitable housing one of the leading contributors.

Source: The Verge

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