Plague Outbreak Kills 30 People in Madagascar With Hundreds Ill
An outbreak of pneumonic plague in the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar has killed 30 people, with almost 200 others infected, the Public Health Ministry said.
Seven of the deaths occurred in the capital, Antananarivo, where 43 people are suspected of having contracted the disease, the ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
The outbreak started on Aug. 23 after the death of a 31-year-old male in the country’s Central Highlands region, a plague-endemic area, according to the World Health Organization. Ten cities have reported outbreaks of pneumonic plague, while there have also been cases of bubonic and septicemic plague, the United Nations body said on its website.