The Bubonic Plague is Back

Bubonic plague bacteria taken from a patient in 2003. (Center for Disease Control / AFP / Getty Images)

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Bubonic plague bacteria taken from a patient in 2003. (Center for Disease Control / AFP / Getty Images)

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Two weeks ago, the BBC reported on a town in Mongolia that was quarantined for the Bubonic Plague after two people died from eating an infected marmot. Over 100 people were quarantined and treated with antibiotics because they came in contact with those who were infected

Once contracted, if left untreated, the plague can kill in less than two weeks, with an 80% fatality rate.

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Last week, the LA Times published an opinion article about how Climate Change could bring back the Bubonic Plague to our country. According to David K. Randall, “climate change could make it possible for plague-carrying fleas to thrive in more places than they do now, bringing the disease into closer contact with humans.”

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