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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.
In the Media by Richard Ingham (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto - 2 comments

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?
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

'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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Subir Ghosh - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Stephanie Dearing - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Stephanie Dearing - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Kevin Jess - 1 comment
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