Tourists warned about travelling to Madagascar as outbreak of PLAGUE strikes paradise island leaving 90 dead

British tourists have been warned about travelling to Madagascar as an outbreak of plague has struck the paradise island leaving 90 dead.

An unusually large outbreak in the country has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The number of suspected cases has reached 1,153, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health agency, told reporters in Geneva.

British tourists have been warned about travelling to Madagascar as an outbreak of plague has struck the paradise island leaving 90 dead. Pictured, Red Cross volunteers talk to villagers about the plague outbreak

British tourists have been warned about travelling to Madagascar as an outbreak of plague has struck the paradise island leaving 90 dead. Pictured, Red Cross volunteers talk to villagers about the plague outbreak

An unusually large outbreak in the country has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Pictured, a girl wears a face mask inside a hospital in the capital Antananarivo

An unusually large outbreak in the country has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Pictured, a girl wears a face mask inside a hospital in the capital Antananarivo

More cases are expected, ‘but we think we can affect the curve very quickly thanks to the deployment of human resources and all types of intervention,’ he said.

International agencies have sent more than one million doses of antibiotics and deployed medical teams.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘There is currently an outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar.

‘Outbreaks of plague tend to be seasonal and occur mainly during the rainy season, with around 500 cases reported annually.

Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, is a popular destination with British and European travellers

More cases are expected, ‘but we think we can affect the curve very quickly thanks to the deployment of human resources and all types of intervention,’ he said

International agencies have sent more than one million doses of antibiotics and deployed medical teams

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘There is currently an outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar’

‘Whilst outbreaks are not uncommon in rural areas, the latest outbreak has seen an increase in reported cases in urban areas, including Antananarivo.’

Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, is a popular destination for British and European travellers.

Plague is endemic in Madagascar, but this year’s outbreak is unusual because for the first time the disease has affected the Indian Ocean island’s two biggest cities, Antananarivo and Toamasina.

More than 70 per cent of the cases are pneumonic plague, a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated.

More than 70 per cent of the cases are pneumonic plague, a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated

In some cases, it can kill within 24 hours.

Like the bubonic form that often is found in Madagascar’s remote highlands, it can be treated with common antibiotics if caught in time.

WHO has said the risk of global spread of the outbreak is low and it advises against travel or trade restrictions. It seeks $5.5 million to support the plague response.

The Red Cross is sending its first-ever plague treatment center.

MAILONLINE

Advertisements

Trump Reportedly Joked That Pence ‘Wants To Hang’ All Gays

Trump Reportedly Joked That Pence 'Wants To Hang' All Gays

President Donald Trump joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, according to a profile of Pence published in The New Yorker on Monday.

The article, entitled, “The Danger of President Pence,” details various viewpoints held by the socially conservative vice president that clash with Trump’s. Two sources told the magazine Trump has teased Pence about his stances toward religion, abortion and the LGBTQ community.

“A longtime associate” of Trump and Pence was quoted in the article saying that the president likes to let his VP “know who’s boss” and that Trump asks people who stop by Pence’s office, “Did Mike make you pray?”

After a legal adviser told Trump and Pence that many states would probably legalize abortion if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Trump was said to have turned to Pence:

‘You see?’ Trump asked Pence. ‘You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.’

Related SearchesMike PenceTrump Pence

When that meeting shifted to discuss gay rights, according to the article, Trump pointed to Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

Pence’s views on equal rights have long stirred concern in the LGBTQ community. As Indiana governor, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, which essentially gave businesses the right to refuse to serve gay people. He has supported so-called gay conversion therapy and has been called “one of the most anti-LGBT politicians out there.

Huffpost

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot python

Shocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet.

In the video, a three-year-old named Truong is happily straddling the reptile like a horse, swimming in the devastating flood waters that have rampaged the area. According to multiple reports, the snake is actually a family pet, kept at home in the province of Thanh Hoa.

Truong’s aunt asserts the footage is real, maintaining the little boy truly enjoys playing with the almost 180-pound reptile.

She said, “He is three years old and the python is 80kg. The family have had the python for four years as a pet and it is very gentle.It was a rainy day and the water flooded to the edge of the yard. So they put the python in there to play and relax,” according to The Daily Mail.

Making its way around the internet, the footage has astounded viewers, many of whom are concerned for the toddler’s well-being.

“Just takes 2 seconds and 6 men wouldn’t get that child out if it’s clutch. Sadly, only a matter of time!” one commentator said.

Commented another, “He looks peaceful until he needs a feed. Oh Yuk. I hate snakes.”

Oscars board revokes Harvey’s lifetime membership

An English actress has told police disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her in her home in the 1980s, alleging the ‘pathetic and revolting’ ordeal left her ‘disgusted and embarrassed’.

The bombshell revelation came just hours after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled the producer after a week in which dozens of sexual harassment allegations, and worse, left his career and marriage in tatters.

Lysette Anthony, in an interview with the Times of London, alleges she was raped by the disgraced producer when he turned up at her home in the late 1980’s. She told Merseyside Police her claims last week, who turned the case over to Scotland Yard.

The Metropolitan Police had previously confirmed they were investigating a claim without naming Anthony.

She says Weinstein turned up at her flat at 10am. The Woody Allen actress says ‘He pushed me inside, rammed me up against a coat rack. He was trying to kiss me and shove me inside.’ She says she pushed him away but he was too heavy. ‘Finally I just gave up.’

 Anthony tweeted she had reported a 'historic crime' on WednesdayAnthony reported the incident to Mersey Police who turned the case over to Scotland Yard

In the interview released Saturday, the Allen ‘Husbands and Wives’ actress describes the attack as ‘pathetic’ and revolting’ and left her feeling ‘disgusted and embarrassed.

This new bombshell accusation comes as Weinstein is stripped of his lifetime Oscars board membership.

The 54-member board of governors, which administers the professional group that hands out Oscars every year, voted to oust the disgraced movie mogul at an emergency meeting on Saturday.

Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are among the Hollywood power players who hold seats on the board.

Following the meeting, the Academy issued a statement saying the board had voted ‘to immediately expel him from the Academy,’ noting that the vote was ‘well in excess of the required two-thirds majority’.

It went on: ‘We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.’

Winners of the Oscar for Best Picture, Shakespeare in Love,  pose for photographers. From left are:  David Parfitt, Dianna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, and Marc Morman

‘What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.’

The movie producer has been accused of harassment by a multitude of high-profile Hollywood celebrities in recent days.

On Thursday, American actress Rose McGowan became the fourth woman to accuse the 65-year-old movie mogul of raping her.Share

Weinstein is now believed to be in a rehab facility in Arizona being treated for sex addiction.

As a result of the allegations, Weinstein was also fired from the company he co-founded with his brother Bob in 2005.

The only personal Oscar he won was for Shakespeare in Love in 1999. He was also nominated for Gangs of New York in 2003.

There is no word on whether his Oscar will be rescinded.

The Academy’s move to eject Weinstein comes as the mounting scandal threatens to taint the broader world of show business.

Six in 10 said they would be less likely to watch the annual Oscars ceremony if Weinstein was allowed to remain, according to a survey conducted by celebrity branding expert and bestselling author Jeetendr Sehdev.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk