The Black Death devastated the world, especially Europe in the medieval ages, killing between 75-100 million people, which was 33.3% of the world population. The scientists across the world are afraid that the plague outbreak could happen again after this disease killed more than 120 people in the Madagascar Republic.
Considering that this plague is air-borne, you can get it if the infected person sneezes or coughs next to you. The scientists who are following the situation and the state governments issued warnings in nine neighboring countries.
They are afraid that the plague could spread on Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, etc. The officials are warning the public that nobody is safe because only one person needs to become infected and enter the plane, to spread the disease to other states and other continents.
Microbiology and Immunology professor at the Texas University Ashok Chopra said: “There is a possibility that the plague spreads. The scheduled flights between Madagascar and countries in the region could be fatal. If the people are infected, but in the incubation state, it is enough to cough on the plane for someone else to pick up a disease.”
He said that plague is something we don’t want to deal with as human beings because it spreads quickly across the globe.
“In the past, bubonic plague was more common, but this is the pleural plague, which is the most serious level of the disease. In case it is not detected and treated on time, the infected people can die shortly after,” said Chopra.
Some of the symptoms of this serious disease are high fever, sudden headaches, and pain in muscles, wrists and ankles, as well as nausea. Hopefully, the plague is not going to spread, and everyone will be safe.