The Plague epidemic sweeping across Madagascar has reached crisis point after cases of the deadly disease soared by 37 percent in just five days, officials figures revealed last week.  The outbreak has been dubbed “the worst in 50 years” after the number of suspected cases rocketed to 1,801 – up from 1,309 last week, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

At least 127 deaths have been recorded as Madagascar enters peak epidemic season, which began in November and lasts until April and is when cases of plague are usually recorded. The World Bank has released an extra £3.8million ($5million) to tackle the deadly plague outbreak in Madagascar. Madagascar’s finance and budget minister, Vonintsalama Andriambololona, welcomed the World Bank’s decision. READ MORE