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plague in china

Yet another case of the plague was just discovered

November 28th, 2019

A fourth person in China is now confirmed to have the plague. A farmworker in Inner Mongolia tested positive for the disease and is now under strict quarantine as health officials monitor his condition. As AFP reports, the man is said to be in stable condition. The man’s diagnosis comes on the heels of a …

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The Black Death plague just reappeared in China

November 14th, 2019

At least two people in China are under close observation and are receiving treatment for infections of the same plague that devastated Europe in the mid-1300s. The two confirmed cases originated in north China and were confirmed by doctors in Beijing earlier this week. The pneumonic variant of the plague, which affects the lungs, can …

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Plague-ridden prairie dogs pose danger to Colorado tourists

August 19th, 2019

Officials at a Colorado wildlife refuge are cautiously moving forward with a plan to reopen parts of their facility this week in the wake of a plague outbreak amongst prairie dogs in the area. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was shut down after plague-infected prairie dogs were found weeks ago, and parts of …

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The worst year to be a human on Earth surprisingly isn’t 2018

November 20th, 2018

If you take a look at recent events you might imagine that scientists searching for the worst year of human existence would have a hard time topping 2018. I mean, there are mass shootings every other day (and sometimes every day), wildfires destroying huge areas, hurricanes wiping communities off the map, and a planet that …

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The plague is back, and it’s going on a rampage

October 26th, 2017

The word “plague” conjures up images of bodies piled high and creepy doctors donning long, beaked masks, but while modern day cases of the disease are rare in developed nations — with deaths very few and far between — it can still wreak some serious havoc in many corners of the world. Today, Madagascar is …

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The plague is back, and it’s in the United States

June 28th, 2017

When was the last time you worried about getting the flu? A few months? Maybe a year? How about catching the plague? It’s something the civilized world hasn’t feared in ages, but two new cases of the disease just popped up in New Mexico, raising concern that the number of yearly instances of human plague …