Experts Raise Alarm as Plague Kills Dozens in Madagascar

Faith Karimi and Emil Hellerud, CNN, January 31, 2015

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.

“The outbreak that started last November has some disturbing dimensions,” the WHO said this week. “The fleas that transmit this ancient disease from rats to humans have developed resistance to the first-line insecticide.”

It’s especially spreading in densely populated slums in the capital of Antananarivo.

Cases were confirmed in at least 20 districts and the capital, Christophe Rogier of the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar said late last year. Rogier is part of a team working with the WHO on the ground to combat the disease.


Recent flooding in the nation has displaced tens of thousands of people and an “untold numbers of rats,” leading to fears the disease could spread, said Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization.


Once an infected flea bites human beings, they can develop the bubonic plague, which is marked by swollen lymph nodes.

If the bacteria reaches the lungs, one can develop pneumonic plague.

The pneumonic type is rare but more dangerous than bubonic plague because it can be transmitted between humans through inhalation and coughing.

“If diagnosed early, bubonic plague can be successfully treated with antibiotics,” the World Health Organization said. “Pneumonic plague, on the other hand, is one of the most deadly infectious diseases; patients can die 24 hours after infection.”

At least 8% of cases advance to pneumonic plague, the WHO said. {snip}


The plague was known as the “Black Death” in Europe in the 14th century, and led to the deaths of 50 million people, the WHO said.

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  • Chip Carver

    If you call anything the “Black Death” today you’ll be figuratively burned at the stake as a “racist”. No matter what whites do to help, these people will always resist in some fashion, and in the end they create their own misery. They are not our concern.

    • John Smith

      Blacks themselves are the biggest plague of “black death.”

      • FransSusan

        We have a corrupt government that’s taking our $ and ‘donating’ it to every low-life on the planet. That’s why I donate only to animal rescue organizations in my immediate area. I know exactly where the money goes.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      That is why I never donate to any charitable organizations that help blacks or non whites. There are no organizations that help white people. So i do not donate at all.

      • johningermany

        Give to Amren.

        • johningermany

          We know they’re pro-white.


          Yep, Amren, or any prowhite group. I even try to donate to nationalist groups in Europe, too.


        I flat out tell them no like when I go through a drive thru (KFC for example) and they want me to give money to ‘feed the hungry.’ Yeah, can’t feed poor whites here in America or in South Africa or even in Europe, yet I am supposed to give that money to people I hate and who hate me and who are cutting down my race and destroying everything in the process? no thanks.

        • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

          I too do the same. They have the gall to put pics of black and latino babies and no white babies. Funny thing is that the people in front and behind me that are black, do not contribute to these funds and it is only white people that waste their money on these funds.

      • FransSusan

        I now donate only to animal rescue organizations in my area. Animals are the only ones truly at the mercy of idiot humans.

        • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

          I agree and I would like to donate to white organizations, but just worried that if it is tracked back to me, I may lose my job. Sad times we live in, when we cannot donate for a worthy cause like supporting the white race that gave the world so much..

    • George Clark

      Slightly off topic, but it’s interesting how Poe basically described the symptoms of Ebola over 150 years ago in “Masque of the Red Death.” It would be interesting if anyone in the media caught the connection and began using Poe’s name for the disease. Communists and Native Americans both could have a field day complaining about the slur.

  • Speaking of pandemics:

    Who other than me thinks the measles outbreaks in Hispanic heavy areas of the country coincidentally (or not) has more to do with Hispanics than vaccination-leery parents?

    • John Smith

      Hispanics are the initial vectors and the children of dopey white liberals its main victims. Another case of white liberals victimizing their children at the hands of minorities for some kooky, out-of-touch beliefs.

    • BloodofAlbion75

      You’re on to something there,QD.

      Disneyland,where perhaps the biggest measles outbreak in the country right now was traced to,is located in a part of Orange County that is heavily Hispanic.

      I would know;I am very familiar with the area down there.

    • propagandaoftruth

      1. You are correct.

      2. Don’t you think Obama should import plague ridden Madagascaranians so we can treat them here?

      • The answer to #2: Yes, but if and only if we can stop the boat halfway here.

    • Julius Caesar

      Not to defend Hispanics, because I’m not, but I refuse vaccinations under the assumption that by taking care of my body through a proper diet and exercise as well as a daily vitamin regiment. I’ve maintained peak health for the last 4 years because of it. With this being said, I realize Hispanics do ZERO of the things I just listed.

      • LexiconD1

        Uh no, that is not how it works.

        Look up HERD IMMUNITY. If people stopped vaccinating, your vitamins, diet, etc aren’t going to stop you from dying of a preventable disease.

        • Julius Caesar

          I don’t care how it works, truly. I will not be vaccinated. My thoughts are that if I die, then it was meant to be so. I’m doing just fine Lexicon, worry about your own health.
          inb4 “But you not getting vaccinated is detrimental to my health”
          Too bad.

          • LexiconD1

            Oh, don’t worry…after reading your last post….I don’t care if you die. Good luck. You’re going to need it.

          • Bill Moore


            There are those who wish to be vaccinated, and those who do not wish to vaccinated.

            My question is why are those who get vaccinated are so concerned that some do not wish to be vaccinated.

            If the vaccine is effective, then those who are vaccinated should be protected.

            Just leave the rest of us alone. We don’t want the side effects. We don’t trust the government. We have seen the awful side effects (death, permanent health problems, and so forth).

            Thank you for letting me rant,
            Bill Moore

          • LexiconD1

            Because some of us are immune compromised, and people who are selfish, and frankly stupid, as that poster put someone like me in danger. Also, as a nurse, I see, DAILY, the end results of parents who think they know better than medical professionals.

          • Bill Moore

            Hello Lexicon D1,

            There were about 80 folks that caught measles at Disneyworld.

            About 30 of those folks weren’t vaccinated. About 50 of those folks were vaccinated. Hmmm…..

            In the past decade, 105 folks have died after taking the measles vaccination. No one died from not taking the measles vaccine. Hmmm…..

            By the way, what does “immune compromised” mean? If it means that you have an immune system that doesn’t work, perhaps you might think about looking for a job where you aren’t surrounded with diseases every day. Hmmm….

            Thank you for letting me help to educate you,
            Bill Moore

          • LexiconD1

            What it means for me is that I’ve taken the MMR vaccination multiple (7) in my life, and show zero titers for it. So it’s not as simple as you might think. 150 died, as opposed to how many it saved (that’s the part of the equation you anti-vaccinations people leave out)?

            Perhaps next time you’re sick, you can wave a tomato in front of your face, or jog a few miles, instead of going to the doctors, or taking medication. After all, it makes as much sense as the posts you and “Julius Caesar” are presenting.

          • Bill Moore

            Hello LexiconD1,

            Apparently, you do not understand math.

            In the past decade, 105 folks have died after taking the measles vaccination. No one died from not taking the measles vaccine.

            And it seems that about equal numbers of people take and do not take the measles vaccination.

            Therefore, it appears that no one would have died if no one would have take the measles vaccination.

            In addition, there are numerous other side effects beside death. Some of those other side effects cause the victim to have a more difficult life due to those side effects.

            For the victim, it is a poor outcome. However, for the medical profession, they now have thousands of life-long patients who pay the medical profession, and this is a good outcome for the members of the medical profession.

            As for me, I prefer to not vaccinate, and to stay alive and to not have the other side effects of the vaccines.

            If you prefer to risk your life and your health, and lives and health of your loved ones, go ahead and be vaccinated.

            Also, if your blood test shows “zero titers”, that means to me that you did not receive the vaccine. Hmmm….. Did I hit the nail on head when we were discussing replacing the serum with distilled water?

            Perhaps you should check on that.

            Thank you for letting me help to educate you,
            Bill Moore

          • LexiconD1

            Are you being deliberately stupid, or does it come naturally?

            You don’t have a clue, and I’m out.

          • Julius Caesar

            Doing just fine so far.

          • FransSusan

            Plenty of otherwise healthy people contract bacterial and viral diseases. You certainly have a right to your beliefs but stay away from others if you have symptoms of any kind. We don’t want the infections you may be carrying.

          • Julius Caesar

            Guess you’ll never know if you come in contact with me, will you? :^) Stay safe out there 😉

      • KyraNelson

        Please warn any women you come in contact with that you have not been vaccinated. You could be causing birth defects in somebody else’s children because of your lack of the Rubella vaccine.

    • Nancy

      I knew instantly when the measles outbreak hit the news that they would go after my Christian home-school brethren (a portion of them don’t like vaccinations) rather than lay the blame where it belongs: the influx of disease-ridden Third Worlders. It’s still perfectly acceptable to openly criticize Christians.

  • italian guy

    Here we go again… don’t worry though, African doctors with master degrees on voodoo will work on the cure.

    • Strider73

      If you like your witch doctor, you can keep your witch doctor .. . .

  • Garrett Brown

    The “black” death finally killing what it’s supposed to maybe?

    • LexiconD1

      If only….

  • Kenner

    The Malagasy are turning their island into another Haiti. The red soil is eroding so quickly that in photos from space, Madagascar looks like it’s sitting in a pool of blood.

  • Pelayo

    This is part of the reason I’m not concerned about African birth rates. Coupled with the fact that the foreign aid gravy train will eventually come to a screeching halt when the West goes bankrupt. And it’s only a matter of time imo.

  • dd121

    There is a vaccine to prevent the disease and antibiotics to cure it once you get infected. What’s the problem? Did the island suddenly become governed by blacks?

  • HJ11

    They’re non-Whites. I don’t care. I practice indifference and non-interference in the destinies of non-Whites. They are not my kind and they are not my problem.

    • FransSusan

      I agree. US taxpayers have been paying trillions of $$ for decades to cure everything that ails every non-white on earth. I don’t want to spend any more of my money on them! They’re not worth it!

  • John Smith

    Madagascar is overpopulated as is – this will relieve the pressure of the natives on the environment if left to run its course.

  • LexiconD1

    All hail King Julian…

  • Inki Snowe

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that many Europeans have a particular gene that makes them resistant to the plague bacillus because they are the descendants of those who survived it in the Middle Ages. If there was an outbreak, it probably wouldn’t be as devastating to people of European descent this time around.

  • Julius Caesar

    Speaking of books, what’s the name of that book (it was discussed here recently I believe) about France and a Muslim takeover, or something along those lines?

    • LHathaway

      While Europe slept?

      • Julius Caesar

        While that sounds like an interesting read, that wasn’t the one. Thanks for the help anyways!

    • Kenner

      Camp of the Saints, by Jean Raspail, written in the early seventies.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Another disease from the Dark Continent. Thank you Africa.

    • me

      Negroes–a gift that just keeps on giving…and giving….and giving….

      • Albert

        Leftists are amazing. I swear they have the super human ability to be completely impervious to logic. Anyone that can convince themselves that a statistic is a stereotype should be put on a pedestal as a monument to human stupidity.

  • Pelayo

    When push comes to shove those ships will be at the bottom of the Mediterranean. Look at what’s happening in Lampedusa. Average people fed up with the tide of refugees have overturned carts to block the roads, fishermen block the harbor and they held up a sign saying “we’re full.” Also remember we are a lot smarter and more resourceful than they are.

  • Albert

    Old news. Why act surprised anymore? Third world cesspools are over-polluted and over-populated. Two conditions that are a winning combination in creating and spreading disease. Gah, let nature take its course and give these idiots the Darwin award for being their own worst enemy.

  • Antananarivo is a fine place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Kids begging everywhere, people sleeping on the street everywhere. But I never saw anybody starving, nor did I ever feel threatened by crime.

    • The Dude

      They do have great beaches from the documentaries I saw of that country. You’d almost forget that these shores were a destination of choice for Arab slavers (right after Zanzibar) to ship in hundreds of the locals monthly from their King and tribe leaders.

  • The Dude

    Well, if this every breaks out like it did in Europe, keep in mind that the Malagasies have an average of 4.28 children per woman. They’ll recover real quick.


    Blacks founded and created Madagascar (with nobody around on that land then) and it looks like a hellhole in Africa. whites founded and created Iceland (and nobody around on that land then) and it looks like a beautiful small European village.

  • FransSusan

    This is going to cost us US taxpayers. How much are we already sending to this country? Now we’ll be spending even more. And the infected will be coming here next….to Emory for the cure.