The Black Plague Returns

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Researchers in a laboratory in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo in Sept. 2004. The Pasteur Institute of Madagascar hosted training for scientists from 9 other African counties with plague.

Madagascar reports the more instances of the black plague—yes that black plague—than any other place on the planet. And although the disease is easily treatable with antibiotics, plague still kills people in Madagascar. A 2013 outbreak sickened 600 people and caused more than 90 deaths. Vice senior editor Benjamin Shapiro traveled to the country to investigate the shocking persistence of this disease and why little is being done about it. His article is  "The Hot Zone."