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The initial patient died in a taxi on August 28, trying to reach Tamatave.
While on transit, two passengers came into contact with him, and died of the infection less than 24 hours later in Antananarivo.
"If they are travelling shorter distances and they're still in the incubation period, and they have the pneumonic (form) then they could spread it to other places. "We don't want to have a situation where the disease spreads so fast it sort of gets out of control."
Dr Chopra added that it spreads "very rapidly", as seen by the number of cases in Madagascar doubling within a week. Speaking from Madagascar, Christine South, head of IFRC's emergency operations, said: "With anything like this there is a possibility that somebody could be infected and get on a plane. "We have done preparedness support to some of the neighbouring countries." However, she added that she believed the plague outbreak may now be stabilising but medical staff would have a clearer understand of this over the next few days.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
a reply to: ketsuko
LoLz! Seriously? Me. Freaking pets traveling internationally even have to be quarantined to some degree. And certain imports. Why not people of certain geographic areas who have been exposed to deadly pathogens?
According to the estimates, the basic reproduction number, R0, was on the order of 2.8 to 3.5, which is higher than previous estimates. The lower 95% confidence intervals of R0 exceeded unity. The effective reproduction number declined below unity after control measures were introduced in Mukden, and before the official implementation in Madagascar.
Man, what a bummer.
The ancient ritual of 'famadihanaf, or turning of the bones, sees relatives dig up their dead loved ones, have the deceased’s body rewrapped and paraded through the streets while dancing iwith them.
And the macabre ritual is now being blamed for the rise and spread of BLACK DEATH plague across the nation.