Plague Outbreak Kills 40 In Madagascar; WHO Warns Of Potential For Rapid Disease Spread In Capital

News outlets report on a plague outbreak in Madagascar, which has killed 40 people out of 119 cases.

BBC News: Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40, says WHO
“An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected almost 80 others, the World Health Organization has said. The WHO warned of the danger of a ‘rapid spread’ of the disease in the capital, Antananarivo…” (11/21).

Deutsche Welle: WHO: Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar
“… ‘There is now a risk of a rapid spread of the disease due to the city’s high population density and the weakness of the health care system,’ the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement released on Friday…” (11/22).

Reuters: Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases — WHO
“… ‘The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country,’ [the WHO statement] added…” (Nebehay, 11/21).

VOA News: Deadly Plague Surfaces in Madagascar
“…The WHO said government and health partners including the Red Cross are implementing measures to contain the outbreak. Personal protective equipment, insecticides, and antibiotics have been made available in the affected areas, it said…” (11/21).