Madagascar Hospitals On High Alert: ‘No One Is Safe’ From The Black Plague

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Originally appeared at shtfplan.com

Travelers are being warned to keep their distance from areas of Madagascar affected by the bubonic plague. As the outbreak worsens, some doctors are even warning that “no one is safe” from the disease.

The outbreak of the black plague in Madagascar has so far killed 97 people, and doctors are warning that it will be continuing to spread and worsen, meaning no one is safe. Health officials say the disease, which contributed to the deaths of more than 50 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, has spread from rural areas to the more urban areas not usually affected. Hundreds of cases are reported on the tropical island every year, but experts are warning the epidemic is “much more dangerous” than in previous years.

Madagascar Hospitals On High Alert: ‘No One Is Safe’ From The Black Plague

Officials have reported infections in 17 of the island nation’s 22 regions since the outbreak started in August. And the number of cases is growing by the day, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as the nation put all hospitals on high alert. The hospitals have also begun implementing preventative measures with attempts to stall the spread of the bacterial infection.

The IFRC said it’s introducing the same “safe and dignified” burial methods used in West Africa during the 2014 Ebola epidemic. This helps cut the chain of transmission by preventing further infections through direct contact with infected corpses.

Last week, less than 60 people had died and around 600 had been infected. Now, there are 911 confirmed cases in addition to the almost 100 deaths. While cases of bubonic plague occur in Madagascar nearly every year, the much more dangerous and deadly pneumonic plague has never been so prevalent. It arrived earlier than expected this year, and has become much more contagious with it being transmitted from person to person through the air. Pneumonic plague is the most life-threatening form of the infection caused by the manifestation of a Yersinia pestis bacterial infection.

Although the black plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics, the incubation time of this bacteria is incredibly short. Death often occurs within 12-24 hours of becoming infected. The bubonic strain of the disease is spread through the bites of infected fleas, whereas the more contagious and deadly pneumonic type is spread through the coughing or sneezing of an infected person.

Elhadj As Sy said that overcoming the epidemic would require long-term help, not “just intervening at the peak and then forgetting about it”. Dr. Manitra Rakotoarivony, Madagascar’s director of health promotion, said: “Normally, people who catch the plague live in poor areas, but people in every place in society are catching the disease.”

Jimmy Whitworth, professor of International Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told The Sun: “It has been a long time since we have seen the plague in an urban environment.

Although health officials have said that internationally, the threat is still fairly low, they’ve also said no one in Madagascar is safe, including travelers, spiking concerns over a possible global pandemic.

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  • RichardD

    This is a concern of mine with ET contact work and coming into close proximity with off planet life forms that may have communicable disease that could be dangerous. And is part of the assessment process when contact occurs. Which is one of the reasons that I’m armed and take hazmat precautions.

  • Rodger

    10 years after the West stops providing healthcare to the world there will be a huge population reduction.

    • as

      It won’t reduce as much in natural causes than through bombs.

      • Rodger

        Actually a big epidemic will be much more effective than bombs.

        • as

          True if it’s big epidemic disaster. Epidemics in nature will be quickly localized, people quarantined, cure searched.
          Virus diseases actually can’t mutates overnight into one highly lethal or highly contagious overnight unless it was engineered. Human natural antibodies and the virus compatibility to the host itself varying in each individual.

        • Mikronos

          ‘Massive’ Cholera doesn’t seem to have dampened Yemen.

          • Rodger

            My bad, should have said pandemic.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    This problem persists longer. I had always that feeling, it is underestimated. :(

    • You can call me Al

      I had the feeling it was manipulated.

    • Enkidu

      Madagascar has had several outbreaks of the Plague throughout the years, some major, some minor. They should start addressing the root of the problem which is the lack of basic sanitation.

      The problem with these countries is that the government is so corrupt, no money goes to the betterment of its civilians.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        you are right

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    They will figure it out.
    Evolution will take it’s course.
    They need to do for themselves for a change.
    Grow or diminish.

  • as

    This may be a new tool of zion at work. Newly differently coded strains of existing viruses and diseases.

    • Mikronos

      What they’ve found some that don’t make Jews sick too?

      • as

        Vaccine. They don’t make too much trace on the system even if you booby trapped it with heavy metal like US government did.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Rockerfeller owns the Zika virus patent since 1970´es. What are CIA and Mossad doing on the Island?

    • Nigel Maund

      Indeed!!

  • Pave Way IV

    Plague is a bacteria, not a virus – it can be treated with common antibiotics. That is, if it is not an antibiotic-resistant, weaponized strain.

    Incubation time (when you start showing symptoms) for pneumonic plague is 1 – 3 days, but more typically 2 – 3 days. The symptoms show up very rapidly when they do, so people living in a city will probably start spreading the disease by coughing and sneezing before and during their eventual efforts to seek medical help. Pneumonic plague is far more virulent than bubonic plague and nearly always fatalif untreated. Pneumonic plague still has a50% fatality rate if it is not treated within the first 24 hours of showing symptoms. Treating pneumonic plague (plague pneumonia) often requires IVs and respiratory support – you can’t just pop some cipro at home and take a nap.

    The pneumonic strain of plague was pretty uncommon, even in Madagascar. The significant part of the current outbreak is that there are 1) many cases of pneumonic plague very early in the season, 2) it’s easily transmitted person-to-person so killing rats won’t help, and 3) it is spreading in densely-populated urban areas. Bubonic plague is usually confined to sporadic outbreaks in rural areas of Madagascar and cannot be transmitted person-to-person.

  • Vitex

    Would be interesting to correlate the presence of WHO, UN and US personnel in Madagascar before the plague outbreak. Island nations like Madagascar make good testing grounds for weapons. I am reminded that John Kerry was in NZ days before both significant earthquakes. And then he went to Antarctica…..

  • Vitex

    I see the IMF were visiting Madagascar in September and making all sorts of congratulatory noises about the growth of Madagascar’s economy, and the stable market conditions. Perhaps they were TOO stable…..