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Outbreak of bubonic plague kills 40 in Madagascar

An outbreak of bubonic plague has killed 40 people in less than three months, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed.

It means the disease has killed more than a third of the 119 confirmed cases reported since the end of August.

And two of the cases reported have developed into pneumonic plague, where the bacteria reaches the lungs - considered one of the most deadly infectious diseases on the planet as it can kill people within 24 hours.

A total of 119 confirmed cases of the plague have been reported in Madagascar since the end of August Credit: Google Maps

Health experts have also warned there is a risk of “rapid spread” in the capital city Antananarivo. So far, two cases – including one death – have been reported, and with a high population density and weak healthcare system there is concern that the number of cases should shoot up dramatically.

The plague is a bacterial disease usually passed between rodents via fleas.

There are not currently any trade or travel restrictions in place.

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