World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a new data according to which 684 plague cases have recorded in Madagascar since August 1. WHO has already delivered nearly 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released £1.13million in emergency funds to fight with Plague.
Express reported: One of the victims was a man from the Seychelles who was visiting the island nation for a basketball tournament, and health officials are carrying out an investigation to determine who the victim had been in recent contact with.
Although plague is endemic to areas of Madagascar, the traditional “plague season” has started early this year and caught doctors and health experts off guard.
On average, about 400 cases are recorded in Madagascar annually, with most occurring between September and April.
A WHO official said:
“The risk of the disease spreading is high at national level because it is present in several towns and this is just the start of the outbreak.”
The most common form of the disease is the bubonic plague, better known as the Black Death, which killed up to 200 million people across Eurasia and Europe in the 14th century.