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Madagascar Plague Outbreak Has Already Killed 57 And Infected Over 600

Mac Slavo
October 17th, 2017
SHTFplan.com
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An outbreak of the plague in Madagascar is spreading at an unprecedented rate. With the ease of spreading the plague, the likelihood that this disease will move to other more densely populated regions of the planet has become a huge concern for many.

So far, the plague has claimed 57 lives and infected more than 680 others. These figures are from October 12, however, and the disease is spreading rapidly. An estimated 329 of these cases and 25 of the deaths were in the capital city of Antananarivo. Of the 684 cases reported as of October 12, 474 were the pneumonic plague, 156 bubonic and 1 septicemic plague. A further 54 were unspecified, according to the World Health Organization. Of Madagascar’s 114 districts, 35 have reported cases of plague, including at least 10 cities.

Plague is caused by infection with the bacterium Yersinia pestis and is typically spread through the bite of infected fleas, frequently carried by rats. The bacteria will eventually end up causing the often fatal plague. Symptoms can include painful, swollen lymph nodes, called buboes, as well as fever, chills, and coughing. Pneumonic plague is more virulent or damaging and is an advanced form of the disease characterized by a severe lung infection. The infection can be transmitted from person to person via airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing. The incubation period is extremely short too, and an infected person may die within 12 to 24 hours of contracting the bacteria making cures in underdeveloped regions of the globe difficult at best.

According to CNN, the cases were reported by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) in Madagascar. They include probable and suspected cases as well those that have been confirmed by laboratory tests. And while the country experiences regular outbreaks, with an estimated 400 cases of plague each year, this time things are very different, experts warn.

This year, health officials report the infections started much earlier than usual, and they’re occurring in new areas, including urban settings. They’ve also seen an unexpected number of cases of pneumonic plague, which transmits more easily from person to person. Historically dubbed the “black death” the bubonic plague has been responsible for several worldwide pandemics in the past.

Early detection of the plague is key since both forms of it can be cured with antibiotics. But, occasionally there can be cases of septicemic plague, where the infection has spread to a person’s bloodstream and can cause bleeding and necrosis of tissue, turning it black.

The government of Madagascar has mobilized resources to spray schools and other public places to fight fleas and rodents and curb the spread of the infection. People have also been lining up at pharmacies in the capital while wearing face masks to get medications or protection. To further reduce the spread of the disease, public schools are closed and the government has forbidden public gatherings, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).

Internationally, this outbreak is also being taken seriously. WHO delivered more than 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released $1.5 million in emergency funds earlier this month. The Red Cross has released more than $1 million to deploy a treatment center and has mobilized more than 1,000 volunteers and is upgrading their skills on community surveillance, finding and monitoring people who have been in contact with infected patients and insightful messaging to stop the spread of this disease.

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  1. TEST says:

    The Madagasgar outbreak is definitely concerning. However, there HAVE been similar incidences in India, that never got out of hand, in the past dozen years or so. Not that this is not an issue or concern, it’s just that most of these don’t seem to get out of hand… and they won’t… until one day, one does! THAT is the concern, along with concern that some rogue scientist or Muslim fanatic comes along.

  2. Anonymous says:

    People were terrified of the Ebola outbreaks predicting all sorts of horrible things coming from them.

    But nothing happened other than a few isolated cases.

    Plague is far less deadly, less contagious, and more treatable than Ebola, and I doubt the Madagascar outbreak is going to do much outside of Madagascar.

    Some people must live off of fear and fear alone, spreading it wherever they can whenever they can, I am not one of them.

  3. Jim in Va. says:

    We have the Clinton plague! I guess we should spray to prevent infection.

  4. KY Mom says:

    Fatal Madagascar plague appears to have spread to Seychelles, WHO says – 10/16/17

    “Seychelles health authorities reported a probable case of pneumonic plague on Oct 10 in a 34-year-old man returning from a visit to Madagascar…”

    “An initial diagnostic test on the Seychelles man had been “weakly positive” for pneumonic plague, but definitive laboratory results are expected from the Institute Pasteur in Paris, the WHO said.

    “Nearly 1,000 people who were exposed to the man or his close circle were given a prophylactic course of antibiotics to prevent infection and spread, it said. They included children, teachers, passengers, flight crew and health workers.

    Seychelles, which has 93,000 people, largely depends on tourism for government revenues.”

    ht tp://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/10/16/fatal-madagascar-plague-appears-to-have-spread-to-seychelles-who-says.html

  5. Yohan Smythe III says:

    Have the stopped **ALL** travel out of the country – ESPECIALLY by airplane?

    Nope. Just like ebola – they WANT it to spread to all parts of the world. Is there any other explanation why they would not restrict travel, including a 30 day quaranteen for people coming from there?

    • Frank Thoughts says:

      This could be the new Ebola, as in another epidemic scam. Keep the borders open, the flights flying and let it spread as far as possible, then declare an emergency and hand out lucrative contracts to Big Pharma, NGOs, UN agencies, rinse, repeat. Remember Ebola was going to spread in the West and kill everyone? Yet, it only ever got into the West when they stupidly brought in infected patients. And it went nowhere once modern healthcare and hygiene wrestled it to the mat.

  6. Kevin2 says:

    The solution is to admit the infected people into the US. The “logic” being it reduces the number of the infected in Madagascar.

    Obvious sarcasm.

  7. lolzngiggles says:

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  8. PO'd Patriot says:

    Musta came from a “DARK” country. They eat and wipe their ass with the same hand. Filthy bastards.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is that a pic of plague doctors? Or an elite party in full swing?

  10. Horse'sass says:

    Stock up on Tetracycline / Vibriomycin. Trouble is, this antibiotic has limited shelf- life compared to others. Some photosensitivity reactions if you go out in sun, and if used in young children will discolor teeth.

  11. Illini Warrior says:

    illegals coming thru South & Central America and then crossing over from Mexico have come from that area of 3rd World Africa – we got DAMN lucky a few years ago with the ebola outbreak and Obammy wouldn’t close the borders to those people ….

    can you imagine that plague spreading thru both the black ghetto and the Mexican slums at the same time because of infected illegals ….

    • DMONIC says:

      You do realize “Illini Warrior” is an oxymoron right? hehe

    • Anonymous says:

      Yea. The great Ebola scare of 2014. They said it might get so bad Christmas shopping would come to a standstill. Some said it would get so bad protective clothing would be needed in public places. Some businesses and agencies had Ebola drills which scared unsuspecting people. We got lucky all right. The great Ebola scare that never was.

      • Frank Thoughts says:

        The whole Ebola thing was BS. It started as a result of African staff in the WHO who did not even bother to report the first outbreaks. Ebola spreads in opportunistic environments, only. Just as HIV spreads very easily when you have lots of men shoving their dicks up the butts of other men while not using condoms and taking lots of drugs, so Ebola spreads when people do not do even the most basic hygiene and sanitation.

        Where Ebola spreads like wild fire is where people drink dirty water, crap outside, don’t wash their hands, and are generally sick from lots of other diseases (hepatitis, AIDS etc.).

        But, hey, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to rattle the charity cups and fundraise for Hillary’s election campaign?! Maybe Obama needs some more cash?

  12. Anonymous says:

    God forbid a plague breaking out here. Several years ago people were lined up around the block to get flu shots at clinics. Wasn’t long before a flu vaccine shortage ensued and people really panicked. I won’t allow anyone in my family to get a flu shot. They’ll just get a few doses of herbs, oils and teas. Works every time.

  13. Kara says:

    Im not too worried about it. People in Chicago are killing more people than this plague is.

  14. Neal Jensen says:

    If anything, this should spur homeowners to make sure their pets are clear of fleas and rodent pests are eliminated from their homes and living areas. Prevention of potential disease vectors IS smart no cost life saving prepping.

  15. Brian says:

    They check people who are flying out but every sick person who gets out is a lit match in a world of gasoline. We’re the gasoline! Tourism is their major source of currency;tourists are going to avoid the country like the plague. The smart move is to quarantine the country as much as possible.

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