China's Inner Mongolia reports fresh bubonic plague case

China's Inner Mongolia reported a fresh, confirmed case of bubonic plague on Sunday, despite an earlier declaration by the country's health officials that the risk of an outbreak was minimal.
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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and this year vaccines and immunology are probably on many more people’s minds than usual – for obvious reasons. While medical professionals and researchers work tirelessly on developing and testing a COVID-19 vaccine (amongst others), let’s briefly remind ourselves how far we have come in such a brief segment of human history. 224 years, 40 vaccines The first vaccine, developed in 1796 for smallpox, was not put into mass production until many years later – but was a monumental breakthrough in Medicine. It took almost another 100 years before th...
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has converted the world to a “new normal” during which nothing is what it was before. By July 2020, over ten million people had been confirmed with COVID-19 and over 500,000 people have died.1 Understandably, public health measures put a halt on public events at the start of the pandemic. Around the world, mass gatherings a nd academic conferences have been cancelled; others have found innovative means to shift virtually. Previous outbreaks have all resulted in some form of social reform for the better: the bubonic plague improved worker conditions, cholera outbreaks impr...
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Join Lydia Dugdale to discuss her book The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom. Never in our lifetimes has sickness and death been brought into view as it has during the COVID-19 pandemic. How are we to make sense of human finitude? A six hundred-year-old book provides an answer. In the wake of western Europe’s bubonic plague outbreak of the 1350s, a text was published offering advice to help the living prepare for a good death. The Ars Moriendi—or Art of Dying—made clear that to die well, one first had to live well. When Dugdale discovered this medieval book, it was a revelation. Inspired b...
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Authors: Sabbatani S, Fiorino S, Manfredi R Abstract In the year 1527, following the invasion of Italy by Landsknechts, who were headed by Georg von Frundsberg, the bubonic plague appeared in the country. These soldiers were part of an army that Charles V sent to invade Italy in order to subjugate the Italian states which had adhered to the League of Cognac. In Bologna during the year 1527 believers held a procession from the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso, through the city, as far as the Church of San Rocco. The reason for this practice was linked with the plague epidemic. After some cases of plague observe...
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An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide?
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By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 30 2020 (IPS) For some time Wuhan in China and Lombardy in Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 virus, something that has changed when the contagion is spreading fast in the US. A Lombardy in the grip of a deadly epidemic might among several Italians give rise to memories of their school days. For almost a century, Alessando Manzoni’s massive novel The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) from 1842 has been obligatory reading for all Italians during their last primary school year. A quite impressive endeavour considering that the novel is more than 700 pages long. I assume almost every a...
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written by Dr. Stephen A. Berger A frightening pandemic arises from animals in Asia and spreads westward, killing thousands in Italy, France, Spain, and many other countries. The more severe infections are characterized by cough and fever, leading to progressive pneumonia. There is no specific treatment available, and entire cultures live in fear and uncertainty.   And so, during 541-542 C.E. Yersinia pestis the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, spread out from China into the Byzantine Empire. Few were spared, and an estimated 25 to 100 million Europeans went on to die during repeated waves of infec...
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First of three epidemic/pandemic related posts, but going beyond the medical and health science.As it happens, I was reading this book when the current coronavirus outbreak started.  There is aninteresting piece about the book, written at the end of last week, on Literary Hub.The novel describes a fictional outbreak of bubonic plague in the town of Oran in Algeria, people's reactions to it, and each other, and the decisions that had to be taken.I am not (and neither is the author of the piece) comparing COVID-19 to bubonic plague but reading the story now does make some of those issues take on a certain relevance.
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As the world grapples with a global health emergency that is COVID-19, many are drawing parallels with a pandemic of another infectious disease – influenza – that took the world by storm just over 100 years ago. We should hope against hope that this one isn’t as bad, but the 1918 flu had momentous long-term consequences – not least for the way countries deliver healthcare. Could COVID-19 do the same? The 1918 flu pandemic claimed at least 50 million lives, or 2.5 per cent of the global population, according to current estimates. It washed over the world in three waves. A relatively mild wave in the ...
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Grave in Lincolnshire dates to medieval pandemic of 1348 and reveals rural plague catastropheA mass grave containing the remains of dozens of victims of theBlack Death offers chilling new evidence of the speed and scale of the devastation the plague brought to rural England, according to archaeologists.The grave, discovered in a remote corner of rural Lincolnshire, has been dated to the 14th century, almost certainly to theearliest and deadliest medieval outbreak of the disease in 1348-9.Continue reading...
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