57 Dead, Over 680 Infected As Madagascar Plague Outbreak Escalates

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Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

An outbreak of the plague in Madagascar is spreading at an unprecedented rate.

With the ease of spreading the plague, the likelihood that this disease will move to other more densely populated regions of the planet has become a huge concern for many.

So far, the plague has claimed 57 lives and infected more than 680 others. These figures are from October 12, however, and the disease is spreading rapidly. An estimated 329 of these cases and 25 of the deaths were in the capital city of Antananarivo. Of the 684 cases reported as of October 12, 474 were the pneumonic plague, 156 bubonic and 1 septicemic plague. A further 54 were unspecified, according to the World Health Organization. Of Madagascar’s 114 districts, 35 have reported cases of plague, including at least 10 cities.

Plague is caused by infection with the bacterium Yersinia pestis and is typically spread through the bite of infected fleas, frequently carried by rats. The bacteria will eventually end up causing the often fatal plague. Symptoms can include painful, swollen lymph nodes, called buboes, as well as fever, chills, and coughing. Pneumonic plague is more virulent or damaging and is an advanced form of the disease characterized by a severe lung infection. The infection can be transmitted from person to person via airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing. The incubation period is extremely short too, and an infected person may die within 12 to 24 hours of contracting the bacteria making cures in underdeveloped regions of the globe difficult at best.

According to CNN, the cases were reported by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) in Madagascar. They include probable and suspected cases as well those that have been confirmed by laboratory tests. And while the country experiences regular outbreaks, with an estimated 400 cases of plague each year, this time things are very different, experts warn.

This year, health officials report the infections started much earlier than usual, and they’re occurring in new areas, including urban settings. They’ve also seen an unexpected number of cases of pneumonic plague, which transmits more easily from person to person. Historically dubbed the “black death” the bubonic plague has been responsible for several worldwide pandemics in the past.

Early detection of the plague is key since both forms of it can be cured with antibiotics. But, occasionally there can be cases of septicemic plague, where the infection has spread to a person’s bloodstream and can cause bleeding and necrosis of tissue, turning it black.

The government of Madagascar has mobilized resources to spray schools and other public places to fight fleas and rodents and curb the spread of the infection. People have also been lining up at pharmacies in the capital while wearing face masks to get medications or protection. To further reduce the spread of the disease, public schools are closed and the government has forbidden public gatherings, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).

Internationally, this outbreak is also being taken seriously. WHO delivered more than 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released $1.5 million in emergency funds earlier this month. The Red Cross has released more than $1 million to deploy a treatment center and has mobilized more than 1,000 volunteers and is upgrading their skills on community surveillance, finding and monitoring people who have been in contact with infected patients and insightful messaging to stop the spread of this disease.

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Rubicon's picture

Bring out your dead.


Im not dead!

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Couldn't have anything to do with the Gates Foundation waterless toilets, could it?




NoDebt's picture


Oh, no, wait, we did that before on ZH.


Mr. Universe's picture

I would be more concerned about the Hepatitis outbreak in San Diego. Talk about walking zombies.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

I guess that putting up with the bums crapping all over the fucking city isn't working out so well.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

So has it started to rain frogs anywhere yet?

God Emperor's picture

Another African shithole.


But but...They wuz kingz.

PS If Gates & Co is behind this...good for him. Culling the shitskins before Soros will move them all to white countries.

Rapunzal's picture

Definitely a test of the parasitic elites and their depopulation agenda.

Manthong's picture


Those of us who have provisions to stay in place for over 180 days and who have a defensible perimiter laugh at you.


..not you in particular, but the bosos in general.


El Vaquero's picture

Anybody ever play that game Plague Inc, where the objective is to nurture a plague that wipes out humanity?  Yeah, Both Greenland and Madagascar were two of the primo places to start your plague off in, because it was hard to get them infected, so starting in one of them was a good choice.  Based on my video game simulation, I'd say that we're all fucked.  Now, bring out your dead!

HowdyDoody's picture

There are 12 fairly new BSL-3 biological 'research' labs in Africa (similar to the ones in Ukraine and Khazakstan, funded by the US). Among the pathogens they study is ... Yersinia pestis. At least one also studies Bacillus anthracis. There is one such BSL-3 laboratory (opened 2008) at the Pasteur Institute in Antananarivo, the capitol of Madagascar.

I'm sure the outbreak of Y. pestis in Madagascar is totally unrelated to any US-supported outsourced 'research' into such pathogens.

Report on the Status of EDPLN BSL-3 in Select Countries in the African Region, December 2016

Manthong's picture


I keep a couple dozen of the cute little nose twerkers in the basement.

I developed a thing for them ever since that great Disney gourmet movie a dozen years or so back.

If somebody would send me a pack of fleas from Madagascar I would be willing to lose the little rascals to be free and natural twenty or so blocks west of State and Madison in Chicago.



Parrotile's picture

Note that Biosafety level 3 is pretty "routine" Teaching-Hospital Pathology Department standard - as in "reasonable containment but not extreme. 

When we start seeing Biosafety level 4 labs being developed in "Third-World" economies, and funded by "those with very sus. connections" - THAT's when the alarm bells start ringing, especially since we already know the African Continent has a reputation for producing exotic and very deadly organisms.

On the bright side, Plague's OK (we can still treat that). Of course if the Plague turns out to be weaponised variety (as developed by Russia AND the West post WW2) - well, that's another thing altogether . . . . .

HowdyDoody's picture

BSL-3 if for pathogens that are fatal to humans - like Anthrax and plague. Plague (aka Black Death, caused by Y. pestis) wiped out 30-50% of the population of Europe in the past.

The real worry is if they develop BSL-4 pathogens (such as Ebola) in BSL-3 labs - because it is 'only foreigners, right'. The maniacs in charge seem to regard global nuclear war a good thing so who knows? I'm sure the proliferation of similar laboratories around Russia's borders is purely coincidental and the work they carry out really is for the benefit of mankind.

Parrotile's picture

BSL level 3 pathogens are still treatable (although deemed to pose a threat if un-treated). The Black Death was lethal mainly because in the day, there was neither knowledge of transmission, cause, or effective treatment. "Common or garden" Plague is very treatable (although it still does cause fatalities Worldwide).

John Kerry-Heinz's picture

two words:


any agricultural supply store wil carry it.  you want 4 point, normally comes in 1320" rolls for around 80 smackers.

Ilmarinen's picture

My first thought when I saw the headline!

Zen Xenu's picture

Yes, Plague was an educational game. Thought provoking. Trying to nurture your disease to kill off the entirety of humanity before a cure could be developed and distributed.


French Bloke's picture

Need to get me some shares in big Pharma. Never miss an opportunity those boys. You don't suppose there's a CIA lab nearby....?

Mazzy's picture


TBT or not TBT's picture

Those charming Lemurs up their baobab trees.  The horror. 

yogibear's picture

Bullish!! Good for a plus 2,000 points on the DOW.

Nobodys Home's picture

At least the plague is curable with antibiotics.
Lame attempt. Not so scary.

Toxicosis's picture

Really?  There is an indication for a possible new anti-microbial treatment but the plaque has severe resistance issues now.  And pneumonic plague is very easily spread by air/water droplets.  In our coming post antibiotic era world don't be to sure about chemists speed or abilities to outwit nature.



Miffed Microbiologist's picture

We still track squirrels locally and finding a positive is not unusual.

Hep A and now Yersinia. Why I was attracted to this field I can't remember.


John Kerry-Heinz's picture

Please keep us apprised of other unusual sh*t you're seeing.  Thanks in advance.

cheech_wizard's picture

Damn those Mexican border-crossing squirrels...



Parrotile's picture

Why I was attracted to this field I can't remember <


Probably for the same reason we all were - Microbiology is the most intereating area of Medicine - since you never know just what might come through those doors. Also an area where you can make a real, permanent change to people's lives - and for the impatinet, the effects can be very rapid (ICU to d/c in 10 days for a correct dx and tx is not uncommon).

(There's also the faint possibility that your lab (and maybe even you) will be able to tag your name on a new organism, or at least a new serovar / biotype).

rksplash's picture

Maybe we hope. This is not the same plague of the past. 

It's been trying to find a way around all those antibiotics the folks there have been popping at the corner store. Wait till you see India's plague. They will be incinerating thousands a day.

Nobodys Home's picture

Haven't they got rid of all that Black money yet?

Proofreder's picture


Ring around the rosey     characteristic red circle around a pustule

pocket full of posey         flowers carried to ward off the disease

ashes to ashes               born out of ashes, to ashes we return

all fall down !                often during the late stage of bubonic plague, the victim falls and dies after a tremendous sneeze.

Said to be a child's rhyme about the Black Plague

Rusty Shorts's picture

Madagascar is fairly popular with good looking white girls.


aelfheld's picture

Plague is transmitted by fleas, not mosquitoes.

J S Bach's picture

Ahhhh... my mid-week doom porn fix.  Thank you, ZH.  Now, I'll be expecting something else simmering in the mid-Atlantic ocean or along the Pacific ring of fire to round out the weekend.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

This plague has HILLARY written all over it.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

The Wookie and her Chimplettes just got back from Madagascar. Coincidence?...I think not.

Consuelo's picture



'her' chimpettes...?

Aren't those kids still on loan from the rental agency...?

FORD_FIESTA's picture

And one of the baby chimps is set to testify in the Weinstein shit. She was an intern for him.....hahahahahahahahaha!

Shitonya Serfs's picture

The one Gal Harvey took a pass on.

HRClinton's picture

Chicago Gangstas be laffin at Madagascar's Amateur Hour.

Call dat an epidemik?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I don't know about you but I'm stocking up on vanilla. Well, maybe I should autoclave it.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Now, I'll be expecting something else simmering in the mid-Atlantic ocean or along the Pacific ring of fire to round out the weekend.

Moon turning red in 3...2...1...

Antifaschistische's picture

I'm sure Obama would have wanted to bring a plane load of infected to Dallas....or some other Confederate Flag waving location.

I still haven't forgiven him for bringing Ebola to this continent.  God knows what pond that crazy things laying around in waiting to rear it's ugly head.  And yes, I realize the probabilities are very low.....but the consequences of being wrong are terrible and we should not entertain these levels of risk.

Nobodys Home's picture

WHO will take care of it. Who? Yes.