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Bubonic Plague Kills 40 In Madagascar

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In the wake of the Ebola scare, 80 people have been infected with the Bubonic plague while 40 other have been killed in Madagascar with the virus. UPI reports.

The World Health Organization is warning of the risk of the “rapid spread” of the disease in the capital of Antananarivo — due to the population density and poor health care system. There’s already one confirmed death from the disease in the capital.

The disease is usually carried in fleas from infected animals. Humans can contract the disease when they’re bitten by the fleas. The risk is heightened now because of the high level of resistance among fleas to one of the major insecticides.

The outbreak is also particularly troubling because 2 percent of the cases in Madagascar are the more dangerous pneumonic form of the disease, which can be spread from person-to-person simply by coughing.

Bubonic plague can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early.

A WHO task force has been sent to Madagascar to help manage the outbreak.

The last outbreak of the plague occurred in Peru in 2010.

 

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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