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Black Death expected to spread to Malawi

Malawi is the latest Southern African country concerned about a plague outbreak threatening to spread. The country has been put on high alert as the Black Death outbreak in Madagascar continues to escalate.

Published: November 11, 2017, 7:10 am

    While outbreaks happen from time to time, officials have confirmed there have never been so many reported pneumonic cases.

    It has risen by 8 percent in just one week and “scientists are frantically working to make sure the airborne infection doesn’t spread to mainland Africa,” the British daily, The Daily Star reported.

    Some 143 people have died and 2 000 have been infected since the outbreak in early August when the disease spread to nine surrounding African countries.

    Locals have blamed the outbreak on villagers in Madagaskar digging up their ancestors for a ritual known as Famadihana.

    The countries affected include South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion.

    Malawi’s health secretary confirmed that the country was ready for any outbreaks amid concerns over the African nation’s “porous borders”.

    Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dan Namarika, assured the media that “cross border teams interface with our Mozambique counterparts”. Mozambique lies between Malawi and Madagascar and Mozambique would likely report plague cases before they reach Malawi.

    Namarika said his country would be ready in case of an outbreak. “We have infection prevention materials ready and groups and teams ready to be activated if there is a trigger.” The last time such plague cases in Malawi were reported, was in 2002.

    World Health Organisation figures show the Black Death outbreak has now infected 1 947 people in the country off the east coast of Africa.

    Pneumonic plague kills in as little as 24 hours. Health expert Professor Jimmy Whitworth says the current outbreak is the “worst in 50 years or more”.

    WHO experts say they “cannot rule out” the possibility of spikes in cases lasting until April 2018.

    The last significant outbreak occurred nearly a century ago in the United States, in Los Angeles, when a two-week epidemic killed 30 people.

    There are three types of plague – bubonic affecting the lymph nodes, septicaemia which causes bleeding under the skin, and pneumonic which affects respiration.

    According to the WHO, the pneumonic plague as “the deadliest and most rapid form of plague”. The plague is confirmed to have left the island after several players in an international basketball competition showed symptoms after arriving home.

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    • “scientists are frantically working to make sure the airborne infection doesn’t spread to mainland Africa,”

      Does that include a quarantine of Madagascar? No planes, no ships, in or out? Guess not:

      The plague is confirmed to have left the island after several players in an international basketball competition showed symptoms after arriving home.

      • Goblin

        “Does that include a quarantine of Madagascar? No planes, no ships, in or out? Guess not:”

        Will you puleeeeze stop annoying us with your futile common sense ??

        There are more important things going on here.
        One must always read between the lines to find the evil machinations of the white patriarchy.

        ‘Black death’ ??!

        ‘BLACK DEATH’ !!

        The most racist and hateful thing I’ve seen in the last five minutes !

        Another manifestation of the ongoing and hateful plot to disempower the glorious, wondrous, life embracing, entirely good peeps ‘o color and maintain the political power of the evil children of Sauron, white orcs, Auschwitz loving White patriarchists.

        [dear God, did I just type that ? I’m gonna go in the kitchen and cut my fingers off now]

      • Magister Judah Pepewitz

        We need to bring the plague victims of Madagascar to Europe. + millions of others from Africa also. You whites have plundered that country and other places in Africa. Now do the descent thing you devils, and give these poor people medical treatment and help. You can’t just plunder them and not expect to have to pay back one day.

        • Your trolling me from Red Ice to AmRen to FreeWestMedia shows you’re running scared.

          • Magister Judah Pepewitz

            Running scared of what? hahaha

    • How can we get the American Jewish Congress or the Economic Policy Symposium to make their annual meeting be in Madagascar in 2018?

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