ARTICLE

Behold A Black Horse: Airborne Black Death Epidemic Could 'Explode'

News Image By Mac Slavo/SHTFplan.com November 07, 2017
Share this article:

The bubonic plague outbreak that is taking Madagascar to its knees will more than likely last another six months. But the worst news is that the epidemic could explode anytime unleashing the sickness on the globe.

At least 128 people have been killed and more than 1,300 infected by the deadlier pneumonic strain of the medieval disease. But the oncoming rainy season could see the number of those infected explode exponentially. 

The rainy season poses a threat to the containment of the plague because outbreaks of this magnitude often seem to be seasonal.


The Foreign Office recently warned that the deadly outbreak is entering its most dangerous phase. Its website said that "outbreaks of plague tend to be seasonal and occur mainly during the rainy season." 

The African island's wet season officially began today and will last until the end of April, meaning the downward trend the plague had seen over the past few days, will likely turn upward again.

Because the disease can be spread easily through a cough or sneeze, experts are fearful. It would take just one infected traveler who made it to Africa's mainland or even nearby British honeymoon paradises like Mauritius, the Maldives or the Seychelles to spread the disease globally. 

The Seychelles is currently putting anyone traveling from Madagascar into quarantine on arrival as a precaution.

The outbreak has been fueled by performing the ancient practice of Famadihana. Famadihana is the "dancing with the dead" ritual which sees locals dig up deceased relatives and dance with them before they are reburied.  Just contact with a corpse who's death was because they contracted the plague could sicken a person.


The country's health chief Willy Randriamarotia said: "If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a Famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body." 

The tradition has been banned since the outbreak began, but it is feared ceremonies have taken place regardless as local continue to balk that their rituals have contributed to the outbreak.

This latest warning that the rainy season could worsen the outbreak comes on the heels of the reports that British aid workers said the epidemic will get worse before it gets better. Olivier Le Guillou of Action Against Hunger said: "The epidemic is ahead of us, we have not yet reached the peak."

As many as 50 aid workers are believed to have been among the 1,200 people infected with the more dangerous airborne pneumonic strain of the disease.

Originally published at SHTFplan.com - reposted with permission.




Other News

September 19, 2019Turkey Seeks To Go Nuclear - Another Trigger For Ezekiel 38?

The military forces of the three most powerful members of the Magog alliance – Russia, Iran, and Turkey – are now cooperating in Syria, ne...

September 19, 2019The Netanyahu Era's Last Chapter Begins

Netanyahu's moment on the Israeli political stage isn't quite over. But its last chapter has surely begun....

September 19, 2019Saving Pastors Lives: A Call To Help Those Struggling With Ideas Of Suicide

Tragically, last week we learned that Jarrid Wilson, associate pastor of one of the largest churches in the country, Harvest Fellowship i...

September 19, 2019Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook & Netflix

A study by researchers has discovered many popular smart TV models, including models by Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku ...

September 17, 2019Dangerous Implications Of US-Israel Mutual Defense Pact

The strength of US-Israeli ties has always rested on their informal nature as the two countries are drawn together by common values, outlo...

September 17, 2019Is Bible Prophecy A Distraction To Real Ministry?

More than a few times, I've heard the argument from fellow believers that a focus on Bible Prophecy is a distraction when there are so man...

September 17, 2019The Election That Decided The Future Of The Middle East Conflict

All the talk about Israel's latest election deciding the future of the peace process isn't just wrong, but ignores the fact that this ques...

Get Breaking News