DANCING WITH DEATH Madagascar plague is spreading because relatives are digging up their Black Death corpses and DANCING as part of ancient Famadihana ritual
Madagascans have been told to call a halt to the ceremony as it is feared to have contributed to the outbreak that has left 120 dead from pneumonic plague – an even deadlier strain of the lethal disease than bubonic plague
RELATIVES dancing with the corpses of their loved ones who have died from the Black Death are helping to spread the plague, officials have warned.
Madagascans have been told to stop the traditional practice of Famadihana – which sees locals dig up deceased relatives and dance with them before they are re-buried.
It is feared the ceremony has helped spread an outbreak of pneumonic plague that has left more than 120 dead on the African island.
The country’s health chief Willy Randriamarotia said: “If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a Famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body.”
The tradition has been banned since the outbreak began, but it is feared ceremonies have taken place regardless