Black Plague Outbreak on Popular Island

Beware the Black Death.

It killed millions during the Middle Ages, but it isn’t done yet. The plague is a relatively normal occurrence in Madagascar, an island off the south of Africa. However, this year it is spreading faster than usual.

Jimmy Whitworth, professor of International Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “It has been a long time since we have seen the plague in an urban environment.

“The risk of it spreading internationally is low. But the risk of this continuing to spread within Madagascar is still quite high.”

Madagascar regularly accounts for about 80 percent of plague cases reported annually.

While often spread by rats, the plague is now being spread through the air and is moving into cities on the island nation.