Issue Date: February 8, 2016
Plague-Carrying Fleas In Madagascar Developing Resistance To Several Insecticides
Despite decades of work trying to control plague, the illness is still a major health concern in Madagascar. A 2014 outbreak in that country infected more than 335 people at its peak and claimed at least 79 lives, according to the World Health Organization. Plague is primarily transmitted to people from rats via the Oriental rat flea Xenopsylla cheopis. Efforts to keep the disease in check focus on controlling the flea population with insecticides. But . . .
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