NAIROBI: An outbreak of plague has killed 20 individuals within the area of a month in Madagascar, with an extra eighty four contaminated, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) stated on Friday.
Plague is especially unfold by flea-carrying rats. People bitten by an contaminated flea often develop a bubonic type of plague, which swells lymph nodes and may be handled with antibiotics.
However the extra harmful pneumonic type invades the lungs and may kill an individual inside 24 hours if not handled. About half of the 104 recognized instances are pneumonic, the WHO stated.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic advised reporters in Geneva that areas affected included the capital Antananarivo and the port cities of Mahajenga and Toamasina.
The U.N. well being company stated it feared that the outbreak might worsen as a result of the season for plague, which is endemic in Madagascar, had solely simply begun, and runs till April. On common, four hundred instances are reported annually.
“The general danger of additional unfold on the nationwide degree is excessive,” WHO stated in a press release.
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