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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Plague is 'endemic in Madagascar': WHO chief

Prophecy Sign: Pestilence, plagues and disease

With Ebola no longer screaming from the headlines one might think that all is well in the world with regards to deadly disease outbreaks.  Not so fast.  Now we have the plague, (you know...that plague that nearly wiped out medieval Europe), becoming a potential issue in the African nation of Madagascar.

I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8 NIV

Plague is 'endemic in Madagascar': WHO chief
The head of the World Health Organization is warning about an “alarming” plague outbreak in Madagascar that could worsen, particularly as fleas that transmit the disease to humans have developed immunity to insecticide. In her address to the WHO’s executive board meeting Monday, executive director Margaret Chan reviewed the ongoing threat from “emerging and epidemic-prone diseases,” including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, avian influenza, and the growing threat of human resistance to antibiotics. But she also warned of a plague outbreak in Madagascar that began last November, but is receiving little public attention despite its “disturbing dimensions.” Of particular concern is the fact that fleas that transmit the disease from rodents to humans have developed resistance to the main insecticide used to control their population. Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40 people, more infected. Plague is “endemic in Madagascar,” where seasonal outbreaks can be exacerbated by poverty and an increasing number of people living in close urban settings. 

The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Say Scientists
Scientists at a French research institute say the Ebola virus has mutated and they are studying whether it may have become more contagious. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur are analyzing hundreds of blood samples from Guinean Ebola patients in an effort to determine if the new variation poses a higher risk of transmission, according to the BBC. “We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said human geneticist Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai. “These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”

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