A man shows symptoms as an outbreak of a plague is found in a small Soamahatamana village in Madagascar. WHO national task force:
The plague is a disease carried by rodents and spread by fleas. Humans are most often infected when they are bitten by fleas, causing swelling of the lymph nodes and sometimes pneumonia.
Forty people are dead from the plague. 119 people have been diagnosed with two cases found in the densely populated capital of Antananarivo. WHO:
A national task force has been set up to manage the outbreak. The international health organization is working with the Red Cross and Madagascan health authorities to control the disease.