ANTANANARIVO – A deadly plague has been detected in Madagascar with over 239 cases reported around Antananarivo and Toamasina province on the east coast.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the plaque has already claimed 48 lives and hundreds are battling for their lives in various hospitals.
Government doctors, nurses and officers have been deployed to various affected communities to provide the necessary medical attention.
According to WHO, only one area on the northern coast is affected and health departments were doing everything in their power to contain the plaque from spading to other areas as well.
It is reported the majority of the cases reported are presenting as pneumonic plaque with the highest degree to be highly spread across local communities because of frequent sea and air travel in the country.
WHO has classified the plaque as Grade 2 but said the global community was safe from the outbreak.
Air, sea, road and rail travellers in Madagascar have been advised to wear surgical masks every time they are in transit to avoid the transmission of the plaque.
Residents have also been to avoid highly populated areas as the plaque is airborne, and can easily to transmitted around.
According to WHO, “Plague is a zoonotic disease caused by a bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Where plague is endemic, it is usually found in rodents and is spread by fleas from rodent to rodent, or to other mammals…”