Fears that ‘black death’ plague will spread from Madagascar to the UK, then U.S.

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.

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Name *