The deadliest outbreak of plague in Madagascar XXI century requires control measures

Control measures being carried out to prevent further contagion of the deadly outbreak of plague that devastates Madagascar meet national and international efforts. The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated eight health centers fully devoted to plague cases in order to ease the workload of hospitals and clinics on the island, and provided medicines to treat up to 5,000 people and protect another 100,000. It is also working closely with the authorities in Madagascar to ensure that control measures are implemented at airports and ports, such as temperature checks and mobilization of medical teams in place to prevent the spread of infection outside the country. As a result of these efforts, a total of 780 people have been cured since 1 August and six of the 40 affected districts have not reported any new cases in the last 15 days, according to the UN. As reported yesterday ABC, the spread of the pest in the largest island in Africa, southeast of Mozambique, is the deadliest of the XXI century and has killed and 124 people, in addition to recording another thousand cases infected. One of the biggest pandemics in history The Black Death, bubonic plague, or Black Death has sown panic in urban communities in much of the world for hundreds of years. It owes its color to black discoloration of fingers and toes as a result of blood clotting and subsequent gangrene adjectival. It is estimated that in the fourteenth century the disease killed almost two thirds of the population of northern Europe and is estimated to kill between 50 and 75 million people, one of the most devastating pandemics in human history . According to experts, the first cases occurred in Mongolia (Asia) on 1328 and later reached Europe via trade routes, reaching its peak between 1346 and 1361. The Black Death also ravaged China, India, Middle East and North of Africa. A entered Spain from France and quickly became one of the worst enemies of the people, including nobles like Alfonso XI of Castile or Joan II of Navarre, who also succumbed to the plague. Currently the Black Death continues to cause fatalities, although it is true that a much smaller scale and more localized way, thanks to better nutrition, hygiene and especially to the development of antibiotics. Between 2010 and 2015 there were 3,248 cases reported worldwide, 584 of them fatal.

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