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Plague kills 39 in Madagascar

The government of Madagascar has announced that a plague known as Black death has killed 39 people. A statement issued by the ministry of health said five districts had been affected and 86 other people had been infected. Medical experts have blamed the outbreak of the disease on an infestation of rats in residential areas due to uncontrolled deforestation. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October this year that the country was at risk of a plague epidemic. The disease is caused by a bacterium and is spread from one person to another by fleas that live on infected rats.


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