A couple in Mongolia died after eating the raw meat of a marmot for good health. The incident happened despite warnings that the large rodent is a known carrier of the Yersinia pestis.
Public Health May 7, 2019
An Idaho boy was diagnosed with the plague, but authorities are unsure whether he got it from his home state of from his trip to Oregon. The public is advised to avoid interactions with wild rodents, whether dead or alive.
Public Health June 17, 2018
A new study claimed that human parasites spread the devastating black plague in medieval Europe. It is generally believed that rats and their fleas caused the widespread endemic that killed millions of people.
Ancient January 16, 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
A 16-year-old girl in Oregon was admitted to an intensive care unit on Oct. 24 due to bubonic plague, which marks the 16th documented case of the illness in the United States. Health officials speculated that the teen got the disease from a flea bite during a trip.
Life October 31, 2015
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 finding could be evidence the bacteria responsible for the Black Death existed for millions of years, a study says. It may even have predated the existence of humans.
September 30, 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
New York City rats are hosting fleas that could carry diseases, including the bubonic plague. Is there reason to be worried?
Life March 3, 2015
Gerbils, and not black rats, may have spread the black death from Asia to Europe, new research reveals.
February 24, 2015
In outbreak of bubonic plague in Madagascar, officials confirm cases in the country's capital city. Capital Antananarivo has not seen a confirmed case in 10 years, health officials say.
Life November 26, 2014
After a man died due to bubonic plague, China sealed off Yumen, Gansu province which was turned into quarantine zones. One million yuan is allotted for vaccinations.
Life July 23, 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