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article imageMadagascar warned of bubonic plague epidemic

By Dawn Denmar     Oct 10, 2013 in World
Madagascar has been warned it faces an epidemic of bubonic plague unless it slows down spread of the disease. Prisoners in the island's notoriously dirty jails are most at risk but an outbreak could easily spread to the population at large.
The BBC report today that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Pasteur Institute have been working in Madagascar since February 2012 on campaigns to improve prison hygiene. Christophe Rogier from the ICRC said: "If the plague gets into prisons there could be a sort of atomic explosion of plague within the town. The prison walls will never prevent the plague from getting out and invading the rest of the town."
The number of bubonic plague cases in Madagascar rises in October due to warm weather causing growth in flea populations. These parasites transmit the disease from animals to humans. Madagascar had 256 cases of plague resulting in 60 deaths in 2012.
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