Four Cases of Human Plague Confirmed in New Mexico

Versión Española The New Mexico Department of Health recently announced a laboratory-confirmed case of plague in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County. The case was confirmed at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division. This is the fourth human case of plague in New Mexico this year and the second in Santa Fe County. […]

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 […]