A strain of the deadly disease Black Death has affected more than 1300 people in Africa. The African branch of the WHO states 93 people have lost their lives to the disease.
The outbreak has set off warnings for nine countries in southeast Africa, with Madagascar the most heavily affected.
The other countries affected by the spread of the disease so far are the Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, French territory La Réunion, the Seychelles and Tanzania.
What is Black Death?
Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people.
It was most dangerous between 1346–1353.
Black Death is thought to have originated in the arid plains of Central Asia, where it then travelled along the Silk Road, reaching Crimea by 1343. From there, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas living on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships. Spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe’s total population.
Black Death may have reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century.
The plague created a series of religious, social, and economic upheavals, which had profound effects on the course of European history.