‘Double Plague’ Outbreak Could Be Man Made?
After having read reports that the deadly plague outbreak in Madagascar which has killed over 120 people with another 1,300 infected, has prompted health warnings in nine other countries due to the fear the infection could spread via flights from Madagascar, it certainly piqued my interested when a report from POTR blog showed up in my email box, asking if this latest outbreak was man made and deliberate.
According to a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas, Dr Ashok Chopra, this latest large outbreak in Madagascar is more disturbing because “Most of the cases in the past have been of the bubonic plague but if you look at this particular outbreak, 70 percent of the cases are pneumonic plague, which is the most deadly form of the disease.”
Pneumonic plague, often referred to as the Black Death, is far more infectious and deadly than bubonic plague because it is airborne, and it is pneumonic plague that was responsible for wiping out one third of the population in Europe in medieval times.
The nine countries and territories that have been listed as “priority countries in the African region for plague preparedness and readiness by virtue of having trade and travel links to Madagascar,” are Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, La Réunion (France), Seychelles, South Africa, and Tanzania,”