Africa, a difficult place to live for many, now has an additional worry with the Epidemic in Madagascar. Madagascar has faced many of the same problems that the mainland has but this year The Black Death is on the rise.
The Black Death AKA Plague is still a problem in Madagascar. Not a new problem by any means but the African Country has seen a spike since August with over 200 new cases and 30 deaths. Last year there were only 275 cases and 65 deaths for the whole year.
One of the major contributing factors is that the plague has spread to the city. The plague which is spread by rat fleas usually affects the countryside more than the city. Rats this year however with the lack of food in the rural areas are flocking to the city.
If that were not enough there have also been incidents of pneumonic plague which is the airborne version. The pneumonic version transfers from human to human unlike the bubonic which is the animal to human variety.
The public has been warned and students are being told to stay home as they disinfect schools and public places. Health Officials claim that is an isolated issue that will not spread internationally.
Unlike The Dark Ages, we now have modern medicine. Dr. Charlotte Ndiaye, the on-site WHO (World Health Organization) Official stated: “Plague is curable if detected in time.”
The most common form of plague is the bubonic plague; it occurs when the plague-causing bacteria gets into the body and travels to the lymph nodes. These lymph nodes become inflamed, and are referred to as “buboes,” the WHO says. If the bubonic plague goes untreated, the bacteria can spread to the lungs, causing pneumonic plague. This form of the disease can be spread through the air, the WHO says.
But getting sick with the plague is no longer a death sentence, according to health officials.
The disease can be cured with common antibiotics, and the WHO has delivered nearly 1.2 million doses of the drugs to the country, according to the statement. Antibiotics can also help prevent infection in people who have been exposed to the disease, the WHO says.