The deadly plague outbreak could become untreatable if the virus mutates, it has been warned.  The death toll from Madagascar has reached 143 with a total of 2,000 infected as it rapidly spreads through the African nation.  Health officials have warned this is the “worst outbreak in 50 years”. And disease experts have said that if virus mutates, the epidemic will get much worse. Speaking to Daily Star Online,

disease outbreak expert Professor Paul Hunter said that the disease could be contained if it arrived in Europe but the worry would be if the plague became resistant to antibiotics. “As with any disease, it’s a real worry that it mutates and become untreatable,” he said. “If it reaches the UK, Europe or the US it would be similar to the Ebola outbreak. “We would probably have a few isolated cases but it shouldn’t spread like it has in Madagascar.”  READ MORE