Madagascar plague spreading because relatives are digging up corpses and dancing with them

The Madagascar plague (Black Death) we have been reporting here and here is spreading because relatives are digging up their Black Death corpses and dancing with the bodies as part of ancient Famadihana ritual prevalent on the island.

Madagascans have been told to call a halt to the ceremony as it is feared to have contributed to the outbreak that has left 120 dead from pneumonic plague – an even deadlier strain of the lethal disease than bubonic plague.

The plague is a bacteria and it can lie dormant in graves for centuries. Digging recently deceased corpses up is asking for trouble.

Here’s a video from 2014. It’s like a jolly village fair – except with dead bodies. And remember – this is just hours by plane from an airport near you.

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