Just when Malagasy health officials believed they were getting the upper hand against the plague epidemic that’s killed nearly 200, things just went from bad to much worse in Madagascar.
In an extensive report penned by Sally Hayden of The Irish Times, an unknown number of patients infected with the pneumonic plague (bubonic plague’s much deadlier cousin), have taken it upon themselves to “escape” from hospitals for fear of the stigma that comes attached to victims of the disease.
In the city of nearly nine million souls, Antananarivo is the largest and most populated metropolitan area in Madagascar, officially known as the Malagasy Republic. And within the city locally known simply as “Tana”, there are six separate hospitals that are treating those infected with a particular strain of the plague that from the moment of first contact can kill within 24-hours.
As reporter Hayden noted from the grounds of