A Madagascar village bubonic plague outbreak has many fearing the worst as the deadly disease has already taken the lives of 20 people.
According to medical experts, there is a bubonic plague outbreak in a small Madagascar village as 20 people have lost their lives to the disease known as “black death.” Tests were carried out and the International Committee of the Red Cross has officially warned that Madagascar is on the verge of a bubonic plague epidemic.
During the middle ages, the bubonic plague became known all over the world as black death as it killed over 25 million people in Europe. While the disease is rare in modern society, the disease in Madagascar is on the rise as there were over 60 deaths from the plague last year.
On Tuesday, the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar confirmed that the tests taken from the bodies of those who died last week were killed as a result of the bubonic plague. Health officials have gone to the village and surrounding areas to investigate the deaths further.
Those most at risk for the bubonic plague in Madagascar are prisoners as they leave in extreme unhygienic conditions. Due to the abundance of rats in the prisons, bubonic plague may continue to rise.
There is now a prevalent concern that the deadly disease could spread to other towns and villages as the living standards in local towns has declined as a result of the political state of the country.
Madagascar Village Bubonic Plague Outbreak Kills 20 People.