New BLACK DEATH plague strain can kill ‘in just 3 HOURS’ as lethal disease goes ‘airborne’
DOCTORS are struggling to keep a new lethal outbreak of the “Black Death” – also known as pneumonic plague – under control as numbers of recorded cases soar.
The disease has already killed more than 165 people in Madagascar alone, with thousands more confirmed cases across the east African country.
Malawi became the 10th neighbouring nation to be placed on high alert following the deadly outbreak of the disease which wiped out a third of the medieval population.
Madagascar’s health authorities have installed medical checkpoints across the parts of the capital city of Antananarivo in an attempt to curb the spread of the plague.
PLAGUE (BLACK DEATH) FACTS
Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria known as Yersinia pestis.
Plague has a high fatality rate and has been described for centuries.
In the Middle Ages, plague was known as the “Black Death.” It caused the death of 60% of the population of Europe during a pandemic (an epidemic of human disease that has spread through a large geographic area).
Transmission occurs via fleas that feed on infected animals, typically wild rodents.