many bells down

And you thought plagues went out with the Middle Ages.
April 19, 2006, 7:26 pm
Filed under: News, Science

plague.jpgHoly crap!  A Los Angeles woman has been infected with the freaking Bubonic Plague!  According to this article, it's the first case in L.A. since 1984. 

The bubonic plague isn't contagious, but left untreated it can morph into another, most definitely contagious, type of plague.  Humans are infected by the Bubonic Plague when they are bitten by fleas that have fed off of infected rodents.

"Health officials said they suspect the woman was exposed by fleas in her home and that there was no cause for alarm. An estimated 10 to 20 Americans contract plague each year, mostly in rural communities."

The plague is believed to have caused the Black Death, a pandemic which killed one-third of Europe's population in the 1300s.  This Wikipedia article on the plague elicited yet another interesting fact:  Did you know that groundhogs are considered giant ground squirrels?  Yeah, me neither.

No word yet on whether or not this case of the plague was brought to you by the birth of the TomKitten.

Just kidding!

(Sort of.)


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the plague didn’t die off, it just went on the DL. LA was hit in 1924.
An awesome book about Rats .

Comment by Julia

Oh my god, 1 boy in NM,USA died and his sister is in serious condition after being diagnosed to have contracted with Bubonic Plague Bacteria.

After the Swine Flu (AH1N1) virus, here comes another.

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