October 20, 2017

Ask The Disease Specialist: Why Is It So Hard To Beat The Plague?

Rat traps are a weapon behind used to fight the plague in Madagascar, since the rodents carry the disease. But getting rid of all the rats would be difficult — and without rats, plague-infected fleas could then turn to humans for a blood meal.

A bad outbreak is spreading in Madagascar. We checked in with a virologist and outbreak response specialist Dr. Daniel Bausch to see what’s up.

(Image credit: RIJASOLO/AFP/Getty Images )

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