Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for The Borrowed Book about the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), specifically about rats and the fleas they carried. To my surprise, last week I came across a recent case of Bubonic Plague in the United States. A man in Oregon apparently got the disease from rescuing a stray cat that was choking on a mouse.

Here are two links to articles about this poor guy. Beware, the second link is the Daily Mail, which is sort of a gossip rag, so please don't be offended. I included it because it has more pictures for those who are interested.,0,4600282.story

It's not just Oregon here you could potentially get the plague. The above picture of the warning sign is one I took in the Badlands of South Dakota two years ago. Yes, the plague is still out there, although not rampant like it once was. Based on the Oregon man's experience, it's still a very serious disease, but we have the medical knowlege now to combat it.

1 comment :

  1. Wow. I had no idea this disease was still around. Very interesting article!


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