Madagascar plague update: Slowing but still a threat
The plague outbreak continues on the island of Madagascar, according to the World Health Organization; however, it appears to be slowing as the seasonal peak period comes to a close. Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. It is found in animals throughout the world, most commonly rats but other rodents like ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, rabbits and voles. Fleas typically serve as the vector of plague. Human cases have been linked to the domestic cats and dogs that brought infected fleas into the house.