Plague fears grow as Malawi becomes tenth African nation put on alert for the spread of the killer disease
- At least 143 people have died of the plague following an outbreak in Madagascar
- Another 2,000 people have been infected since the spread in August this year
- Malawi’s Dr Dan Namarika warned ‘porous borders’ may help spread the disease
- The last reported case of the plague in Malawi were reported in 2002
Published: 13:35 GMT, 11 November 2017 | Updated: 14:34 GMT, 11 November 2017
Malawi is bracing itself for an outbreak of the plague after the deadly disease continues to spread across the island nation of Madagascar.
At least 143 people have died and more than 2,000 others have been infected in Madagascar since an outbreak in early August this year.
Yet Malawi’s health secretary confirmed the country is ready for any reported cases of the disease amid mounting concerns of Africa’s ‘porous borders’.
Dr Dan Namarika, principal secretary in the ministry of health, said the country were working in conjunction with Mozambique to help best prepare for a possible outbreak.