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Deadly Plague in Congo - 7000 Miners Have Fled

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 01:33 PM
Plague Kills Scores in Congo Outbreak

"A rare form of plague has killed at least 61 people at a diamond mine in the remote wilds of northeast Congo, and authorities fear hundreds more who fled into the forests to escape the contagion are infected and dying

Nearly all the 7,000 miners have abandoned the infected area"

7000 potential carriers of this plague is on the run. This can´t be good. A "rare form of plague" which apparently is very deadly. Is this the start of a big outbreak?

Related News Sources:
CNN: Thousands flee Congo plague outbreak

posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 01:45 PM
Weren't people complaining about Saoudi Arabia not doing enough about clandestine african diamond and gold trade generating money for terrorist organisations, well, maybe somebody is finally doing something...allthough it could be a natural thing....Mines in full production can be crowded moisty places , a good breeding ground for viri and bacteria.

[edit on 18-2-2005 by Countermeasures]

posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 05:36 PM
"According to the WHO, the incubation time for plague is two to six days. Victims develop a fever and cough. Breathing becomes difficult as lungs fill with fluid. Unless antibiotics are given within the first 24 hours, death can come as quickly as within 48 hours."

BBC´s coverage of this story

Bubonic plague is endemic in parts of Africa, including the DRC, but pneumonic plague, which occurs when the bacteria infects the lung, has a very high fatality rate and is "invariably" deadly when left untreated, the WHO said.

WHO spokeswoman Christine McNab said: "Normally it can be easily controlled with antibiotics.

"In this case, because it is in an area which is relatively unstable, there hasn't been any opportunity to initiate plague control activities, so the outbreak has grown relatively large."

Here´s the ATSNN-story (by Banshee)

[edit on 2005/2/18 by Hellmutt]

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