Britain warns travellers as plague strikes in the urban areas of East Africa’s Madagascar

Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017

MadagascarMadagascar, an island country in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa is now suffering from deadly plague and the British government warned its tourists to stay away from Madagascar.




This medieval disease is spreading in an alarming rate killing several people in the island along with the tourists visiting there.




Dr Manitra Rakotoarivony, Madagascar’s Director of Health Promotion, said that normally the local people who catch the plague live in poor and the destitute areas, but the plague is also catching like a fire to the middle class people also.



The Government of Madagascar reports that there are between 300 and 600 cases of bubonic plague each year, which is equal to 80 per cent of the world’s total cases.



But experts say that the deadlier version of the medieval illness pneumonic plague, is spreading rapidly into towns of Madagascar region.




Madagascar, located off the south- east coast of Africa, is a popular destination with travellers and has a British and American community among its 25 million population.




Jimmy Whitworth, professor of International Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that they have seen the plague in the urban areas of Madagascar. The risk of spreading the plague internationally is low, but in Madagascar it is quiet high there.




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