Black Death warning in nine countries amid fears plague could spread on flights from Madagascar

PLAGUE warnings have been issued for nine countries surrounding Madagascar amid fears the disease could spread via sea trade and flight routes.

The outbreak is considered a much bigger threat to the region than in previous years because it has taken on its pneumonic form — meaning it is airborne and spread by sneezing and coughing.

And experts say the epidemic could still worsen as the death tolls hits 124 with more than 1300 left infected.

The Medieval disease famously wiped out one third of Europe’s population in the 13th and 14th centuries in one of the most devastating pandemics in human history known as the Black Death.

Dr Ashok Chopra, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas, told The Sun Online the crisis in Madagascar had yet to peak.

He warned it was possible for the deadly plague to move further into the region given the regular flights going in and out of the country.

“If they are travelling shorter distances and they’re still in the incubation period, and they have the pneumonic (form) then they could spread it to other places,” Dr Chopra.

“We don’t want to have a situation where the disease spreads so fast it sort of gets out of control.

“Most of the cases in the past have been of the bubonic plague but if you look at this particular outbreak, 70 per cent of the cases are pneumonic plague, which is the most deadly form of the disease.

“If the treatment is not given in a very short period of time these people will end up dying.”

Plague symptoms include sudden fevers, head and body aches, vomiting and nausea.

Dr Chopra said it spread “very rapidly”, as seen by the number of cases in Madagascar doubling within a week.

Speaking from Madagascar, Christine South, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ emergency operations, said: “With anything like this there is a possibility that somebody could be infected and get on a plane.

“We have done preparedness support to some of the neighbouring countries.”

However, she added she believed the plague outbreak may now be stabilising but medical staff would have a clearer understand of this over the next few days.


now its our old mate black death..

“He warned it was possible for the deadly plague to move further into the region given the regular flights going in and out of the country.”

21st century woes..

its not ebola..but it is something else..


~ by seeker401 on October 31, 2017.

18 Responses to “Black Death warning in nine countries amid fears plague could spread on flights from Madagascar”

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  2. Warnings of ‘GLOBAL OUTBREAK’ of Black Death as PLAGUE continues to spread

  3. Hello Seeker.

    Apart from this being just another scare-story, there’s nothing of concern in this.

    Samuel K Cohn’s 2003 book, “The Black Death Transformed” shows that the so-called Black Death was not bubonic plague, but also that we have no idea what it was.

    No outbreaks of verifiable bubonic plague have ever behaved like the disease that ravaged the Middle East and Europe starting in the mid 1300s.

    Cohn’s findings are based on a wide range of primary historical material, and it stands up very well. Of course, there are always critics, but that’s the nature of academia, especially when an entrenched view is challenged.

    The following paragraph is from Bloomsbury publishing: —

    “The Black Death in Europe, from its arrival in 1347-52 through successive waves into the early modern period, has been seriously misunderstood. It is clear from the compelling evidence presented in this revolutionary account that the Black Death was almost any disease other than the rat-based bubonic plague whose bacillus was discovered in 1894. Since the late nineteenth century, the rat and flea have stood wrongly accused as the agents of transmission and historians and scientists have uncritically imposed the epidemiology of modern plague on the past. Unshackled from this misconception, The Black Death Transformed turns to its subject afresh, using sources spread across a huge geographical tract, from Lisbon to Uzbekistan, Sicily to Scotland: more than 40,000 death documents (from last wills and testaments to the earliest surviving burial records), over 400 chronicles, 250 plague tracts, 50 saints’ lives, merchant letters, and much more. These sources confirm the terror of the medieval plague, the rapidity of its spread (unlike modern plague), and the utter despondency left in the wake of its first strike. But they also point to significant differences between medieval and modern plague, none more significant than the ability of humans to acquire natural immunity to the former but not the latter.”

    Perhaps there scope here for Fred Hoyle’s “Diseases from Space” idea.

    All the best to all.

    Andrew Farquharson.

  4. Hello Seeker and Intriguedbyr.

    The big things that mark actual bubonic plague out as different are its very slow rate of progress across territory, and its very low death rate.

    I’m pasting in a real eyewitness description, from fifteenth century Egypt, of the real plague that was renamed The Black Death by the Victorians. It’s a bit long-ish, but worthwhile as a read:

    May 1429-March 1430. “Then the plague appeared in Egypt at the beginning of II Rabi (28 December 1429). I say: This plague was ‘the great extinction’ which occurred in Egypt and its provinces in the Islamic year 833…The plague then became severe in this month [I Jumada — late Feb. to late March 1430], and began to increase every day; the report came that the number of deaths recorded at an-Nahririya in Northern Egypt up to Thursday [probably Thursday I Jumada 1, 26 Jan.1430] was 9,000, aside from the very many who were not known; also that the number in Alexandria every day was about 100, and that the plague embraced most of the region of Northern Egypt.

    “In this month there were found in the Nile and in the lakes many fish and crocodiles floating dead on the surface of the water, and there was caught a large fish called buniya which looked as though it was dyed with blood because of the intensity of the redness in it. Then in the desert between Suez and Cairo were found dead a large number of Gazelles and wolves.

    “Thursday, end of the month [I Jumada, i.e., 23 Feb. 1430]. The number of dead over whom prayers were recited in the oratories of Cairo and its suburbs was registered, and it reached 2,100, of which only 400 plus were entered on the pages of the bureau record; in Bulaq [on the eastern Nile shore, near the north-west quarter of Cairo, an area of maritime activity] there were 70. The plague spread among the people and increased to the degree (of virulence) that of 18 fishermen who were in one place 14 died in one day; the remaining four went to carry them to the graves, and as they were walking three died; so one went to attend to them all and bring them to the graves and he died too. Al-Maqrizi tells this in his history.

    “Then he (al-Maqrizi) says also: ‘Forty men rode in a ship and went from Old Cairo toward Upper Egypt, and all died before they had reached al-Maimun [not located on the maps in this series of volumes]. And a woman left Old Cairo riding an ass and intending to go to Cairo; she died while riding, and lay where she was thrown in the road all that day until the corpse began to be fetid: then she was buried without the knowledge of who her family were. When a man died the odour of his body changed very quickly despite the intense cold. Death was so bad in Siryaqaus Monastery [about 15 miles NNE of Cairo] that the number reached about 200 each day; and it increased also in al-Manufiya and al-Qalyubiya [two districts at the southern end of the Nile Delta, just north to NNW of Cairo], until 600 would die in a single village.’

    “I note: What I myself saw in this plague was that many houses were left vacant of their inhabitants despite the large number of them. A single fief would pass in succession in a short time to three troopers, and four, and five. Of the mamluks of my father (God have mercy on him) there died in one day four prominent intimate mamluks…we were perplexed as to which one we should lay out and bury first, because of the difference in their dwellings and the scarcity of coffins and coffin-stands…On the next morning Sunqur, my father’s second confidential secretary died…This was besides the wardrobe keepers among them and the emirs’ mamluks who died. As for the mamluks, slaves, slave girls and servants who died in our home, they cannot be numbered. There died also of my brothers and their children seven souls, including males and females, the oldest of them being my brother Isma’il, for he died at the age of about twenty; he was one of the adornments of the age.

    ” Al Maqrizi says: ‘Then the number of dead increased still more, and on Monday, II Jumada 4 (actually Jumada 3, i.e., 27 Feb. 1430), the number carried out of the gates of Cairo was counted and reached 1,200, aside from the funerals from the Hakkura, the Husainiya, Bulaq, Cross Street, Old Cairo, the two Qarafas and the Desert Plain quarters of Cairo [all suburbs or outlying regions of Cairo’s environs], numbering more than that. At the same time there were registered in the bureau of escheats in Cairo only 390, because some people made coffins for charity, and most of those who carried their dead on these coffins failed to register the names in the bureau.’

    “He also says: ‘And in those days the price of shrouds rose, as did the price of everything which the sick required, such as sugar, purslane seed and pears, although but few of the sick were treated with medicines; on the contrary, some died very quickly, in an hour or less. The severest plague was among the Sultan’s mamluks, those living in the Citadel barracks, those whose acts of depravity and mischief were many…’
    “The number of the dead for whom prayers were said in the oratory at Succour Gate on Sunday, II Jumada 10 (actually II Jumada 9, i.e., 5 March 1430), was 505; a large number of inkstands and pens had come to stand there to record this…During all this the plague was increasing and growing, so that everyone was sure he would without doubt perish. We used to go home from the Friday prayer…we would take count of ourselves for the next Friday and there would be missing of us a large number, some dead and some sick…Most of the young men each carried a string of prayer beads in his hand, and had no other concern than to go to the prayers for the dead, perform the five daily prayers, weep, direct their thoughts to God the Exalted and show his humility.

    “At our house a slave girl died who was sick only from the morning of the day until she died…

    “In the month of II Jumada [late Feb. to late March 1430] the number over whom prayers were said in the oratory of Succour Gate alone in one day exceeded 800 dead. On the same day the number carried out from the rest of Cairo’s gates reached 12,300, as determined by the clerks who ,made the count by order of some high official, or, according to others, by order of the Sultan himself. Then the number over whom prayers were said at the Succour Gate Oratory in the middle third of II Jumada was 1,030 and some, and the number at the Mu’mini Oratory in the Rumaila approached that number; according to this count there died on this day about 1,500 people.
    “Al-Maqrizi says: ‘In this plague strange things happened. One was that in the large Qarafa and small Qarafa [near Old Cairo, south of Cairo] there were about 3,000 Negroes, including men and women, young and old, and they perished in the plague until only a few were left; these then fled to the top of the mountain and spent the whole night awake, sleepless for the excess of their grief at the loss of their families. They spent the entire next day on the mountain; when the second night came 30 of them died; before they could begin to bury them, 18 (more) had died’

    “He says also: ‘…People crowded one another in search of shrouds and biers…They were unable to bury their dead and passed the night with them at the cemeteries, while the gravediggers spent the whole night digging; they made large trenches, the dead in each one reaching a large number…Biers were seen in the streets as though they were files of camels, so many they were following one on the steps of another.’…In the morning of Saturday (9 March 1430, the day after an important religious service at which 40 of the Prophet’s descendants presided) the plague began to decrease gradually each day until it ended; but when on II Jumada 18 (14 March 1430) the sun moved to Aries, spring began, and the plague commenced to abate, from that date death, after it had occurred at first among children, clients, strangers and servants, spread among the prominent and older men, those who were famous. It spread also in Upper Egypt, and among most of the animals and birds.

    “Then sickness also began to be protracted and physicians and surgeons went to the sick. It is remarkable that the confidential secretary, the Sharif who assembled the other descendants of the Prophet in the Azhar Mosque [as summarised a little above], died twelve days later; and his brother, who became confidential secretary in his place, before he could put on the robe, died also. The prominent men who died in this plague were very numerous…” (Ibn Taghri Birdi, History of Egypt, Part 4, pp 69-74.)

    “Al-Maqrizi says: ‘…there was a great plague in Northern and Southern Egypt, in Cairo, Old Cairo and their environs. The smallest stated number of deaths is a total of 100,000, but the one who merely guesses says that this 100,000 refers to Cairo and Old Cairo alone, aside from the dead in Southern and Northern Egypt, who were equal in number.’
    “I say: The statement of the one who places the 100,000 deaths in Cairo and Old Cairo alone is by no means mere guessing, for the plague lasted more than three months, including its beginning, decline and cessation; and the smallest number that died (per day) was about 20; the largest was 15,000; and according to this there is here no mere conjecture; the result by calculation would be even more than what has been stated.” (Ibn Taghri Birdi, History of Egypt, Part 4, p 76.)

    Anyway, the above is the real thing, and it was not bubonic.

    As always, my best wishes to all.

    Andrew Farquharson.

    • “In this month there were found in the Nile and in the lakes many fish and crocodiles floating dead on the surface of the water, and there was caught a large fish called buniya which looked as though it was dyed with blood because of the intensity of the redness in it. Then in the desert between Suez and Cairo were found dead a large number of Gazelles and wolves.

      crossed over to animals or came from animals?

    • Fascinating, thank you Andrew. I did a little looking around the internet and found this document. It too is lengthy, 25 pages, but many experts agree, it could not have been bubonic plague. Thanks again for posting, I always enjoy your input.

      Fires from Heaven. Comets and diseases incircum-Mediterranean Disaster Myths
      Dr. Amanda Laoupi
      Centre for the Assessment of Natural Hazards & Proactive Planning – NTUA

    • What a crazy and terrifying plague!
      “The plague spread among the people and increased to the degree (of virulence) that of 18 fishermen who were in one place 14 died in one day; the remaining four went to carry them to the graves, and as they were walking three died; so one went to attend to them all and bring them to the graves and he died too.”

      • Sounds more like an airborne anthrax or something similar, bacterial.

        • yes, it sounds like a plague, or some terrible affliction, which according to Andrew (I have no reason to doubt his inference) it was not the bubonic plague. The eye-witness account is devastating. The one I quoted, which I repeat only due to its’ terribleness, of having to bury people, some die along the way to the burial, and then the last remaining person ends up dying all so quickly. I never knew animals died from it until the account given by Andrew.

        • Does anthrax kill as quickly? Or something else it could have been. Whatever it was, it definitely killed a lot of people and fast.

  5. Hello Seeker and Intriguedbyr and Adirondack.

    Thanks, Intriguedbyr for that “Fires from Heaven” article.

    The identification of bubonic as the cause of the plague cycle of the 14th to 17th centuries is curious, since it involves misreading and misinterpreting the medieval material. There’s just no match.

    I definitely feel that Fred Hoyle’s work needs consideration.

    Best wishes to all.

    Andrew Farquharson.

  6. Back story on the 1918 Spanish Flu

  7. Natural plagues have likely been here forever. Higher awareness and strong immunity are antidotes. Human awareness and immunity are suppressed with religious dogma, disinformation, toxic gmo food, fluorotoxicity, vaccines, wireless, nanotech particulates in chem-trails sprayed from planes genetically altering human DNA. CHEMTRAILS – U.S. Patents 1920-2003

  8. Black Death plague escalates as DOCTORS struck down by lethal disease sweeping Madagascar

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