Madagascar hit with ‘Black Death’. Plague kills 40, reaches capital by Wenchen

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Along with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, an out break of the plague occurred in Madagascar. Madagascar experienced the outbreak due to many reasons such as overcrowded living and poor sanitation. The plague in this outbreak took 2 forms, bubonic and pneumonic, and bubonic is the more common form. In the past, plague was responsible for the Black Death in the 14th century, which annihilated a third of  Europe's population. Now, it is extremely rare but still occurred in rat infested areas.

In my opinion, I believe that the plague can be completely wiped out if the rat population can be controlled as it is primarily spread by rat fleas. Better sanitation can also come into good use. I feel that plague is eradicated in urban areas as the healthcare and hygiene standards are good. Plague is a highly fatal disease, so a lot of precautions must be needed.