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The disease ravaging Madagascar has already killed 143 people and infected another 2,000.
Health officials are warning things will get even worse before they get better and have dubbed this the “worst outbreak in 50 years”.
A similar outbreak of the Black Death killed off one third of medieval Europe.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, disease outbreak expert Professor Paul Hunter said the plague could reach every continent, starting with mainland Africa.
He said: “This current outbreak is concerning given that it is different from previous cases we have seen, and has been spreading to areas that are not used to seeing it.