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Pestilences
January 8, 2014 posted by Thea 376

The Black Death is back, and it could become antibiotic-resistant

Yersinia pestis Bacteria
Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria (the cause of bubonic plague) in the foregut of the flea vector. Credit: NIAID

The Black Death is back.

One of the most devastating pandemics in human history, the Black Death—also known as the plague—killed more than 25 million people in Europe, Asia, and North Africa at its peak between 1348 and 1350. And it has re-emerged in Madagascar.

Last year, 60 people died there from the bubonic plague—the highest death toll in the world. And last week, 20 people from a single remote village died from it.

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3 comments on “The Black Death is back, and it could become antibiotic-resistant”

  1. avatar Bruno says:

    No kidding! Last month, we had several deadly cases of the plague in several cities this country.

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