Fleas that Could Potentially Carry Plague Found on New York City Rats

In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry Oriental rat fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis), which are capable of transmitting pathogens that cause bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. The study is published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Researchers collected more than 6,500 […]

Bubonic Plague Kills at least 20 People in Madagascar

When the word “plague” is mentioned, most people probably think about the “Black Death” which killed nearly one-third of the people living in Europe and nearly half of the population of China during the 14th Century. Today it is mostly unknown in most of the Western world, although a few sporadic cases do occur each […]