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Oregon teen goes hunting, contracts bubonic plague

Bend - Five days following a hunting trip, a Crook County teen developed symptoms of a strange illness. Three days later she went the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with the bubonic plague.

U.S. Army mishandles plague samples

Washington - The U.S. Army appears to have improperly handed hazardous biological agents. This is the second incident this year where the U.S. armed forces have mishandled a biohazard.

Plague claims life of adult in Colorado

The plague, one of the most fearsome diseases in history, has claimed another life after an adult Colorado resident succumbed to the disease in recent days.

Tiny genetic shift led to 'The Black Death' and worse

The bacterium responsible for plague — Yersinia pestis — gained its pathogenic activity through one tiny genetic alteration, according to new research. This alteration led to the bubonic plague.

First transmission of pneumonic plague from dog to human

The plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, is rare in the United States, infecting only about seven people yearly, and usually in rural western regions of the country.But for the very first time, a dog has infected a human with the plague.

Plague carrying Oriental fleas found in New York

New York City - Scientists have found Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.

Plague alert: How agriculture could trigger problems in Africa Special

A warning has been sounded that methods deployed to increase food production in East Africa could increase the risk of plague, possibly to epidemic levels.

Meet Plague, a social networking app spreading info like a virus

Plague is a new social networking app with a fun twist that could just work. Plague is all about discovering "viral" content, but the way you discover the next viral video or hilarious photo is what's unique.

47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital

Antananarivo - Madagascar said Monday it was trying to contain an outbreak of plague -- similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe -- that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

Madagascar plague kills 40 since August

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people on the island, with 119 more people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since early August.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40, WHO reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday a plague outbreak in Madagascar has infected 119 people so far, killing 40. The bacterial disease, transmitted by fleas, started in a village in Soamahatamana in August, and has now spread.

Ancient diseases provide new insights into today’s pathogens

Humans have lived with deadly epidemics since they formed the first communities. Researchers study ancient scourges, such as the bubonic plague, in order to understand how the body responds to infections. Such insights can inform about modern infections.

Deadly toxins found improperly stored, forgotten in NIH, FDA labs

Bethesda - Officials are confirming that an alarming number of improperly stored vials containing highly dangerous pathogens have been located in various federal government laboratories.

China 'seals off' town after man dies of bubonic plague

Beijing - A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.

Scientists create Black Death family tree

Scientists have constructed the first view of the Black Death bacterium's entire family tree. The analysis shows how some family members evolve to become harmful.

DNA from ancient plague points to modern peril

Paris - "In some cases death came immediately; in others, after many days," the historian Procopius wrote as a terrifying disease scythed through Constantinople in 542 AD.

Pneumonic plague hits Madagascar

Cases of pneumonic plague have been reported in Madagascar during December 2013. Efforts to slow down the spread of bubonic plague by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Pasteur Institute, which began in 2012 appear unsuccessful.

Black Death and the Vampire's origin

Contrary to Bram Stoker's Drakula (1897) that has largely been accepted as the origin of modern-day vampire fiction, vampiric entities recorded in many cultures since prehistoric times do not necessarily involve blood-sucking activity.

Could the ‘plague’ become a re-emerging infectious disease?

The discovery of the London 14th century plague pits has triggered an interesting debate amongst scientists and historians: could the plague ever re-emerge on a similar level in the twenty-first century?

'Thinking outside the box' saves Colorado girl from 'Black Death'

Denver - A young Colorado girl is reported to be recovering nicely in a local hospital after being diagnosed with Bubonic Plague. Sierra Jane Downing, 7 years-old, was on a picnic with her parents when she found a dead squirrel and asked to bury it.

Oregon man hospitalized with likely case of 'Black Death'

Bend - An Oregon man has allegedly become ill with the bubonic plague after he was bitten by a stray cat. The man, who was trying to pull a mouse out of the cat's mouth when he was bitten, is in critical condition at the St. Charles Medical Center, Bend.

Plague originated in China, spread through trade routes: Study

The plague pathogen originated in or near China. Then it evolved and emerged multiple times to cause global pandemics. And it spread far and wide, an international team of scientists has found using DNA fingerprinting analyses.

US East coast stink bug invasion has people bugged out

It's called the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Relatively new to the United States, the insect has had a good summer, and people are reporting home invasions of an epic, creepy-crawly variety.

Plague-laden gopher found in Saskatchewan poses no health risk

Val Marie - Bubonic plague, the nasty bacterial disease that wiped out hundreds of thousands of people in the middle ages, has been found in a gopher in a Canadian national park.

University Scientist's Death Possibly Caused by Bubonic Plague

A Chicago university scientist has died, possibly due to exposure to bacteria related to the bubonic plague. Health officials say there are no signs of other infections.

With plague concerns in China, scientists look at spread of fleas

As concern spreads over the advancement of pneumonic plague in China, researchers look at the spread of plague-carrying fleas and the global impact their distribution represents.

Plague alert hits China

A young man in north western China has died from pneumonic plague, leading to thousands of people being quarantined. The government has sealed off the town where the outbreak occurred.

Plague Kills 90% of CT's Bats, Impact on National Ecology Feared

White-nose syndrome wiped out 90 per-cent of the bat population in Connecticut over the winter. The plague is currently racing across the country with the potential for devastating effects on the general ecology.

Plague-Infested Mice Missing From New Jersey Research Lab

Two frozen mice infected with the deadly bubonic plague were found missing from a bioterror research lab. The lab waited seven weeks to report the incident to the authorities.

Scientists Discover Possible 21st Century Plague

Bacteria that can cause serious heart disease in humans are being spread by rat fleas, sparking concern that the infections could become a bigger problem in humans.
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Plague patient displaying a swollen  ruptured inguinal lymph node  or buboe. After an incubation per...
Plague patient displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe. After an incubation period of 2-6 days, symptoms of the plague appear including severe malaise, headache, shaking chills, fever, and pain and swelling in the affected lymph nodes, also known as buboes.
Plague is endemic in prairie dog populations in the American Southwest.
Plague is endemic in prairie dog populations in the American Southwest.
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