Health officials in Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa, say that the current outbreak of plague is accelerating and there are fears it could spread beyond the continent to the United Kingdom and eventually the United States.

Official figures reveal 165 people have now died from the bacterial infection, and recent data shows a 15 percent jump in fatalities over just three days.

At least 2,034 people have been infected now by a more lethal form of the black death so far in the country, according to WHO statistics.

Because the disease is airborne, a growing number of health experts believe it could spread globally.

The plague spreads easily and can kill within 48 hours. In high-population regions, it would spread quickly and overwhelm available antibiotic supplies.