Nearly every year, Madagascar has a plague outbreak. This year’s is said to be more concerning than normal, as there are more infections than normal. This outbreak is a strain of the Black Death, which has killed 25 million people in Europe during the 14th century. There have been around 680 infections, and 57 deaths.
The black death is a disease that is spread by a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis. This could be spread through air, or through infected rat and flea bites. Both of these are very common, so the disease could spread quickly.
There have been more than 1300 people dead in Africa, where 9 countries nearest Madagascar have warnings.
This relates to our science classes right now, since we talked about the Black Death and played a game related to it.