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Bubonic Plague Is Back: Two Test Positive for Plague More Infectious Than The Dark Ages

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Bubonic Plague Is Back: Two Test Positive for Plague More Infectious Than The Dark Ages

It looks like the plague is coming. Right now it’s localized in China but it may very well soon spread.

Two people recently were diagnosed with having the pneumonic plague. This form of the plague is far more infectious than the bubonic plague that devastated Europe during the Dark Ages, also known as the Black Death.

The Black Death killed an estimated 75-200 million people across Eurasia.

Not only this the pneumonic plague far more infectious, but it is also deadlier and is 100% fatal if not treated immediately, leaving them to die within a few days if left untreated.

According to The Daily Wire,

The pair contracted the disease near their home in Inner Mongolia, making them the second such couple to have contracted the plague in that general region since May, when a Mongolian couple died from eating raw organ meat from an infected marmot, CNN reports. The husband contracted the disease first and was nursed by the wife until she also fell ill.

“Plague, caused by bacteria and transmitted through flea bites and infected animals, can develop in three different forms. Bubonic plague causes swollen lymph nodes, while septicemic plague infects the blood and pneumonic plague infects the lungs,” CNN continues. “Pneumonic — the kind the Chinese patients have — is more virulent and damaging. Left untreated, it is always fatal, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).”

Now there is also a new case of a 55-year-old man who contracted the bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit during a hunting trip. He was quarantined along with the other 28 people whom he came in contact with.

Most people are unaware of the fact that the plague can still happen, but it’s true it can and does. However, on the plus side, our medical understanding, technology, and antibiotics are something we now have that can combat the plague much better.

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