57 Dead, Over 680 Infected As Madagascar Plague Outbreak Escalates

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.


El Vaquero Manthong Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

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!

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HowdyDoody giovanni_f Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:04 Permalink

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

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Manthong HowdyDoody Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:10 Permalink

  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.   

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Toxicosis Nobodys Home Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:01 Permalink

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. https://www.google.ca/search?source=hp&q=drug+resistant+plague&oq=drug+…

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John Kerry-Heinz Miffed Microbi… Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:08 Permalink

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Proofreder Nobodys Home Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:40 Permalink

..Ring around the rosey     characteristic red circle around a pustulepocket full of posey         flowers carried to ward off the diseaseashes to ashes               born out of ashes, to ashes we returnall 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

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Antifaschistische Shitonya Serfs Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:47 Permalink

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.

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