The Black Death Returns

Madagascar f_70385871_rat2aces a bubonic plague epidemic unless it slows the spread of the disease, experts have warned. The Red Cross and Pasteur Institute say inmates in the island’s rat-infested jails are particularly at risk.

…Madagascar had 256 plague cases and 60 deaths last year, the world’s highest recorded number.

Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare.

Source: BBC via Alex Tabarrok.

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  1. Adam says:

    Bubonic plague never really went away, it just hasn’t reached epidemic proportions like it did previously.

  2. Billy says:

    Luckily, modern standards of living preclude the possibility of having a new plague outbreak in the West.

  3. Sabal says:

    This is bad. What if it gets out and spreads around the globe?

  4. Dewaine says:

    “”If the plague gets into prisons there could be a sort of atomic explosion of plague within the town. The prison walls will never prevent the plague from getting out and invading the rest of the town,” said the institute’s Christophe Rogier.”

  5. Buster says:

    I guess I will have to remove Madagascar from my short list of vacation destinations. Too bad — it sounds like such a lovely place to visit!