Rainy season means new cases of plague every year in Madagascar.
However, this year it will be not like that as the disease which was known as the Black Death in medieval times is threatening everyone and has killed at least 45 people. The disease has been spread in the capital, Antananarivo. It is a very first time when the disease has been spread to other densely populated cities.
Total 387 plague cases had been reported by the Monday which includes 167 plague cases in the densely populated capital and the largest city of Madagascar, Antananarivo.
The biggest challenge for the authorities in controlling the outbreak in the island country is that it took about 2 weeks after the very first plague case to detect the disease and most of the cases took approximately 2 weeks of time to detect it, there have been 277 such cases so far.
A 31-year-old man was traveled from Toamasina, his hometown on the east coast of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean to central highlands town of Ankazobe, the plague disease is endemic there. When he felt ill and had a fever along with a headache and fatigue, he was believed to had malaria which is a common illness in Africa. The disease was later diagnosed as a pneumonic plague that can take a person’s life just within 24 hours.
The chances that plague will spread its tentacles across an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa — Madagascar is quite high.
The organization said in a statement, “Pneumonic plague is a form of plague that is transmissible from person to person, with a potential to trigger severe epidemics if inadequately controlled.”
It said t there was average chances that plague could spread to the other countries from Africa as there are frequent flights to countries which are nearby, there are also frequent flights to Indian Ocean islands.
However, according to the WHO, there are rare chances of plague spreading across the world.