Researchers revealed that the bones of a woman that died 5,000 years ago contain a strain of Yersinia pestis bacterium. It is the oldest strain of the plague identified in history.
Ancient December 7, 2018
A child in Idaho has contracted the plague, a bacterial disease that killed millions during the Black Death pandemic, and is primarily transmitted by rodents such as ground squirrels. Does the patient pose risk to others?
Public Health June 13, 2018
The 3,800-year-old skeletons of a woman and man buried together were discovered in Russia. Researchers say their teeth contain the bacteria that caused the Black Death.
Ancient June 10, 2018
Panic is spreading in Africa after a 9-year-old girl in Uganda died with blood oozing from her eyes. Tests on the girl's blood sample will confirm if she died from the disease known as the Black Death.
Public Health January 15, 2018
Health authorities warned the public to observe precautions after fleas were found positive for bubonic plague. The disease once known as the Black Death killed hundreds in the Middle Ages.
Public Health August 15, 2017
The causative organism behind the Great Plague of London was discovered. The DNA analysis of teeth of the victims from the plague pit confirmed Yersinia pestis to be the pathogen behind the outbreak.
Ancient September 9, 2016
The victim was reported to have contracted bubonic plague from a flea bite during an Oct. 16 hunting trip near the city of Heppner in Oregon. Widespread during medieval times, recent decades have seen the disease average seven annual human cases in the U.S.
Life October 30, 2015
Researchers came up with new discoveries about the black death bacterium that causes plague. Through the study of ancient human teeth, new insights about human history were revealed.
Life October 25, 2015
The Black Death of the 14th century wasn't the first time plague infected humans, researchers say. DNA evidence shows people were dying of plague almost 5,000 years ago.
October 23, 2015
The bubonic plague, known also as the Black Death, was not deadly until the bacteria acquired certain mutations. What changes occurred that turned a harmless stomach bug into a deadly pathogen?
Life July 1, 2015
Gerbils, and not black rats, may have spread the black death from Asia to Europe, new research reveals.
February 24, 2015
The Black Death, which killed up to 200 million when it struck in the 14th century, is often associated with death and suffering but an anthropologist found evidence that people who lived after the pandemic became healthier and lived longer.
Life May 11, 2014
New research on skeletons unearthed in London has uncovered surprising facts about the Black Death. Contrary to popular belief, rats may have been unjustly blamed for the spread of the plague.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 31, 2014
The Black Death and the Plague of Justinian were caused by different strains of the same bacteria and scientists are warning of the possibility of future outbreak.
Life January 29, 2014
The disease that killed a third of the world's population in the Middle Ages is responsible for 39 deaths in Madagascar.
Life December 13, 2013
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