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Madagascar plague death toll rises
to 165 as scientists fear deadly virus
will reach US, Europe and Britain and
could mutate to become untreatable

Daily Mail [UK], by Stephen Matthews

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Posted By:Ribicon, 11/13/2017 6:08:59 PM

The plague death toll shows no sign of slowing as official figures reveal 165 have now lost their lives in Madagascar´s ´worst outbreak in 50 years´. Data shows a 15 per cent jump in fatalities over three days, with scientists concerned it has reached ´crisis´ point and 10 countries now placed on high alert. (Snip) Two thirds of cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague, which can be spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and kill within 24 hours. It is strikingly different to the bubonic form, responsible for the ´Black Death´ in the 14th century, which strikes the country

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The responsible thing to do would be a quarantine of the island, at least until the locals decide to stop their beautiful tradition of dancing with corpses. But, a successful quarantine is bad for business.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 11/13/2017 6:14:44 PM     (No. 11450973)

Sounds like the Ebola disaster a few years ago. World Health Organization does a great job at scare mongering but not so much in actually improving healthful conditions.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: flybynight, 11/13/2017 6:43:53 PM     (No. 11450998)

Not a virus. Duh! Somebody didn’t do any homework. Plague, both forms, are caused by a bacterium, a gram- negative rod. Treated by IV antibiotics and supportive care, hard to find in the jungle.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MindMadeUp, 11/13/2017 6:48:52 PM     (No. 11451002)

A ban on travel from plague-ridden countries would be racist. Screening for the plague would also be racist. We have an obligation to bring as many plague carriers as possible into this country. Can´t wait to see "All plague immigrants welcome" signs popping up on the lawns of Progressives.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ronnietheK, 11/13/2017 7:17:05 PM     (No. 11451034)

If it´s your culture to dance w/corpses and not be concerned with the possible consequences, well that is the very definition of a SAVAGE. KEEP then the heck out of the USA. If that sounds or seems racist-though sh**.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 11/13/2017 7:21:05 PM     (No. 11451041)

HIV is one of the most perfect diseases if you wanted to find one that could really destroy large swaths of the human species. But, it has one drawback- it is communicable only by communication with warm body fluids. If it had been pneumonic- It probably would have spelled the end of human beings. This bacterial plague going pneumonic is really bad news. but, it´s drawback is, it kills too quickly- and being hosted by bacteria, a vaccine can more easily be developed.

The "A-Bomb" of diseases as depicted int he movies is highly unlikely. Such pandemic diseases have to meet very limited criteria. The 1914-20 Spanish flu as bad as it was, probably killing 45 million to 100 million across the world in an age before international air travel was startling. But, even that disease had weaknesses- in primarily only killed young, healthy adults!

This new form of plague is not the "Big One" not by a long shot. It simply kills its host before the host can infect many other people. The "Big One" has to leave you healthy for a week or so before dropping you so you can infect lots of unsuspecting folks. When that one comes- Egad!

And the governments are our worst enemy- out of “kindness” and liberalism, they will help spread the disease before realizing their mistake- Which usually means; When government Officials start dropping like flies- they have made a terrible mistake. When it is just the little people, it’s “We must not be racists, ya know!”.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 11/13/2017 10:45:50 PM     (No. 11451255)

Keep everyone from suspected countries from entering the US. To do otherwise would be stupid—or liberal. Same thing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fobo, 11/14/2017 11:41:10 AM     (No. 11451711)

Plague Lives Matter! at least briefly.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 11/14/2017 1:13:17 PM     (No. 11451782)

First, further proof reporters are stupid and lazy. Plague is a bacteria, which makes if far more treatable. I developed a project on biowarfare defense from plague some years ago, studied the topic, and worked with scientist and technicians who captured and handled Y. pestis routinely in their research work. Ordinary antibacterial cleaning is entirely effective when working with this bacteria.

In the developed world, the death rate from yersinia pestis is 1 in 9. The good news is that while it has been in the United States for over a century, there are less than 10 cases per year since the contact with the fleas isn´t common in modern life. I was warned many years ago on my first prairie dog hunt to never touch the dead animals, or even approach too closely, the fleas can jump up to 6-8 ft and they can (and do) carry plague.

Not easily transmitted if you use any sort of normal health care sanitary procedures, and even if it becomes pneumonic, still not spread extremely easily, although it can spread from person to person. Bacterial, so antibiotics do work. Thankfully not a virus, far harder to stop.

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