05 Ott In Madagascar (The Plague) a life-threatening
In Madagascar (The Plague)
Here more and more people are getting infected by the life-threatening lung plague. This year’s plague outbreak, is particularly worrying for two reasons.
131 plague cases since August, at least 24 deaths:
This is the preliminary record of the plague eruption in Madagascar. On the island state in East Africa there are always plague waves. Experts are responsible for poor hygiene and inadequate health care. However, the latest outbreak is particularly worrying for two reasons, the World Health Organization said earlier this week.
On the one hand, this time mainly port cities with high population density as well as the capital Antananarivo with two million inhabitants were affected. On the other hand, cases of bumps and rarer lung plague occur simultaneously this year.
While bubonic plague spread through the bite of rats or mosquitoes, pulmonary plague patients interacted. It is transmitted from person to person and can kill the persons concerned within 24 hours if left untreated.
It is a highly infecting bacterial infection. The most common form is bubonic plague, which is associated with fever, headache, limb pain, and inflammation of the lymph nodes in the groin. In the Middle Ages, millions of people died on “Black Death“.
Today, the disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics as soon as the disease is diagnosed quickly.
Pest could spread to the region
Transmitter of plague: rat
Danger by Black Death
The plague does not even die in the grave
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the plague currently occurring in Madagascar could also spread to other countries in the region.
Because of the numerous flights, there is a danger that the highly contagious epidemic also reaches the neighboring islands in the Indian Ocean, said WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier on Tuesday in Geneva.
However, the danger is only “moderately high”, so the WHO does not issue a warning.
Lindner described the risk of spreading across the region as “low”.