Experts raise alarm as plague kills dozens in Madagascar

A smear shows the presence of the Yersinia pestis bacteria, which causes the plague.

Story highlights

  • The plague is spreading in densely populated slums in the capital of Antananarivo
  • Pneumonic plague is more dangerous than bubonic plague and can be transmitted through coughing

(CNN)An outbreak of the plague has killed dozens in Madagascar, and experts fear those numbers could go up.

At least 119 cases were confirmed by late last year, including 40 deaths, the World Health Organization said in a statement.
And the disease is taking an alarming turn.
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