alk about Throwback Thursday!
Just when you thought you didn't have enough to worry about, a new report says that everyone's favorite bacterial infection, The Bubonic Plague, is back.
The Plague is best known for laying waste to about 25 million people in only three years. Total overachiever.
Between 1347 and 1350, over a third of Europe’s population died after being infected with the disease. Seriously, think about that for a minute.
Now, like that ex you can’t get rid of, The Plague is back thanks to a report from The Coconino County Public Health Services District.
According to reports, two counties in Arizona have discovered fleas that tested positive for The Plague.
The discovery was made after flea-bitten prairie dogs began turning up dead around Flagstaff. Then, after two Santa Fe, New Mexico residents contracted the deadly illness earlier this year, public health officials kicked into high gear to figure out what was going on.
Apparently, it wasn’t 100% dead.
The Center for Disease Control says that roughly seven Americans report that they have contracted The Plague each year. Many of those who report contracting it say they got it after coming into contact with dead animals and rodents. First off, who thinks touching dead rodents is a good idea?
You’re probably thinking to yourself: could this be real? I thought we got rid of The Plague like, eons ago.
You aren’t alone in that assumption. Many people think that infectious diseases of the past were cured through modern science and medicine. But those people would be dead wrong.
Many of the famous, mythologically epic diseases from your middle school textbooks still exist in some capacity today.
The Plague may be the most newsworthy at the moment, but many others are out there, and without proper medical attention and vaccinations, could be just as contagious as the old days.