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Pulmonary plague eradicated in Madagascar

Friday, September 15th, 2017 | World News

At least five people have died in the island state of Madagascar following the effects of an easily transferable pulmonary plague. This was announced by a representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

According to local media, the plague eruption began in the north-eastern province of Toamasina. There is also a death in the region of the densely populated capital. The newspaper "L'Express" reported that anxious citizens had already bought up all the supplies of pest-prophylaxis in Antananarivo.

A spokeswoman for the Malagasy Ministry of Health confirmed the recent deaths, but did not want to mention any further details. Pulmonary plague is the most dangerous variant of the plague, as it can be transmitted from person to person via the breath. Symptoms include cough and bloody expectoration. Untreated, according to the WHO's lung plague, death always occurs.

Time and again pest-cases in Madagascar
The island state off the south-east coast of Africa has had most plague cases worldwide for almost a year, but almost exclusively cases of bubonic plague. In early diagnosis, the chances of cure by antibiotics are high. Since 2010, the WHO still counts around 500 deaths in Madagascar.

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