Plague death toll rises to 165 as scientists fear virus will spread to Europe, US and become untreatable


From the Daily Mail.

Madagascar plague death toll rises to 165 as scientists fear deadly virus WILL reach US, Europe and Britain and could mutate to become UNTREATABLE
World Health Organization data shows a 15% jump in fatalities over three days
Scientists are worried the ‘worst outbreak in 50 years’ has reached ‘crisis’ point
At least 2,034 people have been struck down by a more lethal form of the plague
Ten countries have been placed on high alert, with Malawi now bracing itself
Other scientists fear this year’s outbreak will reach well beyond mainland Africa
Two thirds of all the cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague
This can spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and kill within 24 hours
By STEPHEN MATTHEWS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 15:17 GMT, 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 GMT, 13 November 2017

   The plague death toll shows no sign of slowing as official figures reveal 165 have now lost their lives in Madagascar’s ‘worst outbreak in 50 years’.

Data shows a 15 per cent jump in fatalities over three days, with scientists concerned it has reached ‘crisis’ point and 10 countries now placed on high alert.

At least 2,034 people have been struck down by a more lethal form of the ‘medieval disease’ so far in the country off the coast of Africa, according to WHO statistics.

Some experts fear the disease could mutate and become untreatable during this year’s outbreak – which is expected to blight Madagascar until April.

Others worry the plague will go beyond mainland Africa and eventually reach the US, Europe and Britain, leaving millions more vulnerable due to how quick it can spread.

Experts warn the outbreak of plague in Madagascar this year is being fueled by a strain more lethal than the one which usually strikes the country.

Two thirds of cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague, which can be spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and kill within 24 hours.

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