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Bubonic plague kills 40 people in Madagascar

Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Antananarivo, Madagascar. Image by Francesco Veronesi / CC BY-SA 2.0

The World Health Organization has reported the death of 40 people in Madagascar due to the plague, with a further 80 infected. There have now been two confirmed cases in Antananarivo, with one fatality, and the WHO has warned of the danger of a “rapid spread” in the densely populated capital. The situation is reportedly worsened by high levels of insecticide resistance among the fleas who carry the disease. Read more: bbc.co.uk