A Deadly Plague Spreading In Madgascar Could Mutate And Become Untreatable, Says Expert November 13, 2017
Researcher working with Ebola virus while wearing a Biosafety Level 4 Hazmat Suit to avoid infection. Photo: U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
(MADAGASCAR) -- A deadly plague which is spreading rapidly in Madgascar could mutate and become untreatable according to one expert.
The plague has already killed 143 people and infected 2,000 people. Ten African countries have been put on alert according to the British publication Daily Star which notes the disease is caused by the same microbe which wiped out 50 million people in Europe during the Black Death.
The difference is, this microbe comes in a form that can be spread by coughing and there is concern by experts it could eventually be spread to Western nations by travelers on jetliners.
According to the report, health officials say this is the worst outbreak in 50 years and a similar outbreak of the Black Death killed off one third of medieval Europe.
A disease outbreak expert, Professor Paul Hunter told the newspaper the plague could reach every continent, starting with mainland Africa.