(EXPRESS) — THE deadly plague outbreak in Madagascar has claimed even more lives and the number of reported cases has now reached almost 2,000, according to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics.

The medieval airborne disease is still spreading and has prompted more fears in neighbouring countries that they could be hit with outbreaks.

Since August 1 there have been 1,947 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague in Madagascar and 143 people have died after contracting the disease.

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