Geneva – The plague outbreak has resulted in 94 deaths, and with the number of suspected cases jumping to more than 1 100.
These statistics were released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday.
Plague bacteria develops in rats and is carried by fleas. It is also reported that in humans it is seen as a pneumonic version and it is transferred through coughing and can be fatal within 72 hours.
Most of the victims recorded in Madagascar have been infected with the pneumonic form.
Earlier this week the officials at the poor Indian ocean island nation have reported 74 fatalities and 805 cases.
The WHO’s director for health emergencies in Africa Ibrahima Socce Fall said, “we’re in a very active phase of this outbreak. We are expecting more cases.”
Fall also went on to say that WHO sent 1.3 million doses of antibiotics to Madagascar.
These doses were enough to help treat 500 patients and also protect 100 000 people who are in the risk of getting this infectious disease.
But these plague are not unusual in this country. This country has suffered plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980 and they occur between September and April. But something unusual happened this year because it has affected urban areas.