Social Icons


Dec 17, 2014

11:08:25 GMT--Biological Hazard - India ocean - Madagascar

EDIS Number: BH-20131211-41914-MDG

Date / time: 11/12/2013 04:22:15 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: India ocean

Country: Madagascar

State/County: Multiple areas

Location: [Nationwide]

Number of Deads: 47 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: 138 person(s)

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague is running rampant on the island of Madagascar, medical experts have confirmed. Tests established the disease was responsible for the deaths of at least 20 villagers in the northwestern town of Mandritsara. The island nation last year recorded the world's highest number of plague-related casualties, with 60 lives claimed by the flea-borne disease. Bubonic plague - also known as the Black Death - wiped out an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages but there have been few instances reported in recent years. Health officials are investigating the cause of the outbreak, thought to have originated in prisons with a prevalence of rats that carry the disease. The Pasteur Institute said towns and cities faced increased risk of infection as ongoing political crises took its toll on living conditions. It is hoped a second round of presidential elections on December 20 will end the political deadlock.

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 10 on 2014-11-27 at 04:03:46.

Situation Update No. 9 on 2014-11-26 at 04:14:52.

Situation Update No. 8 on 2014-11-25 at 04:41:51.

Situation Update No. 7 on 2014-11-22 at 05:19:52.

Situation Update No. 6 on 2014-11-21 at 17:46:42.

Situation Update No. 4 on 2013-12-21 at 14:54:45.

Situation Update No. 5 on 2013-12-21 at 14:54:45.

Situation Update No. 3 on 2013-12-15 at 12:41:28.

Situation Update No. 2 on 2013-12-14 at 06:23:06.

Situation Update No. 1 on 2013-12-13 at 04:19:50.

Real Time Alerts