Breck Dumas – June 13, 2018
Idaho’s Central District Health Department reported on Tuesday that a child in Elmore County was recovering from the bubonic plague.
Known as the “Black Death,” the plague wiped out roughly one-third of Europe’s population in the mid-1300’s. But it is quite rare in modern times.
Evidently. It’s unknown whether the child — whose identity was not disclosed — contracted the disease in Idaho or in Oregon while on a recent vacation.
In a press release, the Health Department said that “Plague has historically been found in wildlife in both states,” and that “since 1990, eight human cases were confirmed in Oregon and two were confirmed in Idaho.”
The child who was diagnosed in Idaho this week was treated with antibiotics.
Tsiresena MANJAKAHERY – January 26, 2018
Most inhabitants of Madagascar thought the plague was a footnote of medical history until the disease dramatically returned last year, slaying more than 200 people.
In the “Black Death” pandemic that swept through Europe in the 14th century, as much as a third of the population were wiped out by the plague.
Today, thanks to diagnostic tests, tried-and-trusted containment procedures, simple rules of hygiene and an arsenal of antibiotics, the disease is no longer a mass killer.
Even so, it remains an endemic threat in a number of African countries that are among the poorest on the planet, including Madagascar.
The bacteria that causes the plague, Yersinia pestis, is transported by rats and transmitted to human beings by their fleas.
Strange Sounds – December 19, 2017
The Black Death, a.k.a. The Plague, utterly ravaged humanity, killing between 30 and 60 percent of Europeans, and dropping the population of the entire world by 20 percent by some estimates. The Plague came in three forms. Bubonic was the most common and easiest to spot: Sufferers developed huge buboes under the armpits, on the neck and in the groin, which grew to the size of a small apple or egg. Death often occurred less than a week after infection.
Pneumonic was the second most common form, and it infected the lungs. It also had a mortality rate of 95 percent, which seems impressive.
The third and rarest variety was Septicemic Plague. It had a mortality rate close to 100 percent, and even today there is no cure for it. The only reason that the two latter examples were rare to extremely rare is because they killed so quickly that you didn’t have time to pass it on before you died.
On December 12, 2017, health authorities in Gansu province have confirmed the death of a patient from SEPTICEMIC PLAGUE and strict control and prevention measures are being imposed to counter a possible outbreak.
The patient, a herder from Jiuquan’s Subei Mongolian autonomous county, died of septicemic plague that evolved from bubonic plague, on Tuesday afternoon. This is the first reported case of PLAGUE in Gansu province since 2014. According to a warning of the health officials in Russia, 3 people died of Plague in this same province in July 2017.
Alex Thomas – November 18, 2017
Patients in Madagascar who are currently suffering from the plague have “escaped” multiple hospitals in the area over fears of needles and hospital treatment as a whole, according to a shocking report in The Sun newspaper.
Security guards with at least one hospital have been tasked with forcefully keeping black death patients in the hospital as well as following the strict safety procedures set up in an attempt to quell the outbreak.
The Sun reported:
Officials at the hospital say the main reason why patients run away is that they are scared of needles and don’t have much experience of hospitals.
Jean Benoit Manhes, the deputy representative of Unicef, told the Irish Times: “Some escaped because they’re afraid of needles. People here are not used to the hospital.
“The problem of plague is not just a medical response. You can have hospitals but if people don’t come it isn’t enough.”
Mac Slavo – November 14, 2017
The death toll in Madagascar due to the plague has jumped for the first time since health officials claimed the infection was in the beginning stages of control. With the new uptick in those who died, the fear that the disease will spread to the United Kingdom has been confirmed as “100 percent likely.”
The plague death toll has now shown signs that it’s picking up speed again. Official figures reveal 165 people have now lost their lives in Madagascar’s “worst outbreak in 50 years.” Recent data shows a 15 percent jump in fatalities over just three days, coupled with scientists concerned that the black death has reached a “crisis” point. Ten other African countries have also been placed on high alert, warning that an outbreak could occur at any time.
At least 2,034 people have been infected down by a more lethal form of the black death so far in the country, which lies off the coast of Africa, according to WHO statistics. Some experts fear the disease (which is so deadly because it is airborne) could mutate and become untreatable during this year’s outbreak – which is expected to blight Madagascar until April. Others worry the plague will go beyond mainland Africa and eventually reach the US, Europe, and Britain.
George Mills – November 15, 2017
DOCTORS are struggling to keep a new lethal outbreak of the “Black Death” – also known as pneumonic plague – under control as numbers of recorded cases soar.
The disease has already killed more than 165 people in Madagascar alone, with thousands more confirmed cases across the east African country.
Malawi became the 10th neighbouring nation to be placed on high alert following the deadly outbreak of the disease which wiped out a third of the medieval population.
Madagascar’s health authorities have installed medical checkpoints across the parts of the capital city of Antananarivo in an attempt to curb the spread of the plague.
A local news crew following one health worker in the stricken city heard doctors informing residents that the new strain of the disease “can kill in three hours”.
Danny Collins – November 2, 2017
MADAGASCAR’S deadly Black Death outbreak could last another SIX MONTHS – with officials warning the oncoming rainy season could see the epidemic explode.
At least 128 people have been killed and more than 1,300 infected by the deadly pneumonic strain of the medieval disease.
And while health officials have seen a slight dip in victims, they warned it could explode at any point between now and April.
Tarik Jašarević of the World Health Organisation told The Sun: “We cannot say with certainty that the epidemic has subsided.
“We are about three months into the epidemic season, which goes on until April 2018.
“Even if the recent declining trend is confirmed, we cannot rule out the possibility of further spikes in transmission between now and April 2018.
“The proportion of pneumonic plague – the form which can be transmitted from person to person – is much higher than in the past.”
October 22, 2017
Under the cover of a farm lab, it is claimed North Korean chemists could be weaponizing some the world’s deadliest diseases such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic was sparked.
Radio Free Asia cited a report released by Belfer Centre of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, which says the rogue state already has biological weapons.
And it is feared that North Korea has the industrial facilities to mass produce them, flouting a UN ban on the doomsday weapons.
The chilling report states that the highly infectious diseases could be spread via a missile, drones, planes and sprayers.
North Korea’s 200,000 special forces could also unleash the bio-weapons.
The report states: “While nuclear programs can be monitored by the number of nuclear tests and the success of missile tests, weaponise and cultivating pathogens can stay invisible behind closed doors.“Moreover, equipment used for BW production are often dual-use for agriculture, making external monitoring and verification virtually impossible.”