Four Die of Plague in Madagascar

Antananarivo, – Four people have died from the plague in Madagascar, the Health Ministry announced Wednesday.

The four adults have died since November 15 in southern Befotaka district, which had seen no cases of the disease until now.

The Indian Ocean island state is the country most affected by the plague, which killed millions of people in the world in earlier centuries.

The four victims died of bubonic plague, which affects the lymph nodes.

The plague may have been brought to the Befotaka area by rats fleeing forest fires, Health Ministry official Willy Randriamarotia said.

A team of experts from the ministry, the World Health Organization and the research centre Institut Pasteur has been sent to the area, dpa reported.

The plague has killed hundreds of people in Madagascar since 2010, mainly in the centre and west of the country.

This year, 56 cases have been recorded since the end of August, four of whom have now died.

The plague can be cured with antibiotics, but if it affects the lungs, it can be fatal within 24 hours.

Source: Qatar News Agency