Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2013

Congo, Madagascar top countries reporting most plague 2000-2009, US reports 57 cases

Of the 21,725 cases of human plague reported globally during the first decade of the 21st century, 97 percent of the cases were reported from the African continent, according to a newly published report in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene today.

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Flea Image/CDC

The report by Thomas Butler, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies reveals that worldwide, 21,725 persons were affected with 1,612 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 7.4%.

Leading all countries with number of human plague cases was the Congo, which reported 10,581 during the decade. Butler notes that all these occurred in the Oriental Province following years of civil strife and influxes of displaced persons.

Following the Congo was Madagascar recording 7,182 cases. The island country was the leading country in plague occurrence during the previous decade.

Following the Congo and Madagascar in order is Zambia (1,309), Uganda (972), Mozambique (600), Tanzania (230), China (227), Peru (185), Malawi (170), Indonesia (100) and in 11th place was the United States, which recorded 57 cases from 2000-2009, recording at least one case of human plague in each year.


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