Malawi has become the tenth country in Africa to be put on high alert over fears the pneumonic plague could spread there from Madagascar, where at least 140 people have been killed by the devastating disease.
South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, La Reunion and Mayotte, Mauritius and Comoros are the other nine nations preparing for the spread of the disease from the east African island.
The plague was responsible for the Black Death: one of history’s most devastating pandemics, which wiped out an estimated 75 to 200 million people across Medieval Europe in the 1300s.
Madagascar’s outbreak started in August and has spread to more than 2,000 people in the region.
Malawi’s health secretary Dr Dan Namarika said the country was working with Mozambique to prepare for the disease reaching its borders. ‘We have infection prevention materials ready and groups and teams ready to be activated if there is a trigger.”
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