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The Black Death Is Back…?! | Zero Hedge

The Black Death Is Back…?! | Zero Hedge.

Not since the Middle Ages has the bubonic plagues taken so many lives in a year. Having wiped out 25 million people in Europe, appearances of the Black Death since have been rare but the Red Cross is reporting a new outbreak has killed more than 20 people on the island of Madagascar. Living standards in the nation have collapsed since 2009 (what else happened in 2009?) and the prevalence of rats has helped spread the disease easily. While China claims to have the bird flu under control (despite some rumors out of Hong Kong), the Red Cross warns there is a risk of a Black Death epidemic.


Via BBC,

A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed.


Test were carried out after at least 20 people in the village, near the north-western town of Mandritsara, were reported to have died last week.


The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October that Madagascar was at risk of a plague epidemic.


The disease is transmitted to humans via fleas, usually from rats.



Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare.



The prevalence of rats in Madagascar’s prisons means the plague can spread easily.


The Pasteur Institute said there were concerns that the disease could spread to towns and cities where living standards have declined since a coup in 2009 and the ensuing political crisis.



  1. thetinfoilhatsociety says:

    Reblogged this on The Tin Foil Hat Society and commented:
    Don’t think it couldn’t happen here; this is one of the things having sanitation regulations, regulations, and sanitary workers/facilities prevents.

  2. Never say never. Thought experiment: garbage collectors on extended strike. During this time some other ‘crisis’ occurs that prevents them from returning to work; perhaps a municipal bankruptcy (like Detroit). Maybe it’s in an urban centre close to a port. There are several ships docked to pick up supplies and drop off consumer goods. One of the cargo boxes was picked up in Mozambique. While Mozambique is free of any evidence of Bubonic plague, they are a narrow channel width from the African island. A pair of rats from Madagascar had happened upon a fishing boat docked in Madagascar to pick up fuel. They remained hidden, living off fish for several weeks on board the fishing boat. When the boat once again docked, the rats found their way off the boat. They had arrived in Mozambique. In looking for a place to nest they happen upon a pallet siting on the dock. Later, that pallet is loaded into a shipping cargo bound for an American port experiencing extremely difficult economic times because of a nasty bankruptcy. Once back on dry land they integrate easily into the booming rat population of this city because of an ongoing garbage disposal disruption. During the weeks of this adventure, the fleas inhabiting the pair of rats has multiplied; along with the plague they carry…
    Maybe I’ll work something like that into my next book.

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