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The Bubonic Plague Is Back, This Time In New Mexico
In medieval times, they called it "the black death." It's still around, routinely cropping up in the U.S. This time, the New Mexico Department of Health reports three cases.(Image credit: Corbis) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rae Ellen Bichell Source Type: news

Plague bacteria take refuge in amoebae
Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, can survive within the ubiquitous soil protozoan, the amoeba, by producing proteins that protect against the latter microbe's digestion, report scientists. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 29, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

A vaccine against the plague? This Maryland company is on it
A subsidiary of Falls Church-based government IT firm CSRA Inc. (NYSE: CSRA) has received a nod from the Food and Drug Administration for the vaccine it is developing against the bubonic plague. Yes, the plague. Frederick-based DynPort Vaccine Company LLC was granted Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA for the vaccine it is creating for the U.S. Department of Defense. It is intended for pre-exposure prophylaxis to combat the infection from Yersinia pestis, which is the causative agent o f the bubonic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

10 Things I'm Grateful For in 2017
Unless you've been living in the middle of the wilderness or under a rock, you've probably noticed a lot of headlines deeming 2016 the worst year ever. Although I believe the past years that witnessed the bubonic plague or any world war could easily stomp last year to win the "Worst Year for Humanity" award, 2016 was the worst year I've ever personally experienced. Between Trump's upset election for POTUS and George Michael dying on Christmas of all days to the entire year being filled with personal and financial challenges, 2016 was definitely the worst year of my adult life. Right alongside 2008, of cour...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Black Death burial pit found at site of medieval abbey in Lincolnshire
Carbon dating shows skeletons are from mid-14th century, while DNA tests of teeth find presence of plague bacteriumA mass burial pit of victims of the Black Death dating back to the 14th century has been discovered near Immingham in Lincolnshire.Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield were searching the site of Thornton Abbey, once one of the country ’s biggest medieval abbeys, for evidence of a post-medieval building when they came across the grave containing 48 skeletons, 27 of them children.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Haroon Siddique Tags: Archaeology Science Heritage Bubonic plague Society UK news Source Type: news

Q & A: Is the Plague Still Alive in Musty 14th-Century Tomes?
A questioner wants to know about the risk of exposure to disease-causing bacteria or viruses to people who work with centuries-old books and manuscripts. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: C. CLAIBORNE RAY Tags: Manuscripts Bubonic Plague Source Type: news

Malaria-Like Parasite From Ticks Spreading To U.K. Through Dogs
Mepron, a thick liquid antimicrobial drug used to treat Babesia and malaria, as well as a fungal infection called Pneumocystitis carinii. In 2011, the United Kingdom stopped requiring that dogs brought into the country be inspected for ticks. Earlier this year, several dogs tested positive for babesia, a malaria-like disease transmitted to ticks that previously had only been found in foreign. These dogs had never left the U.K. While babesiosis is a new worry to U.K. dog owners, it's been a threat to human beings for years -- it just hasn't become a health-scare-of-the-week like Zika, West Nile, avian and swine flu. Most...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dark Ages Palace Uncovered At Site Closely Linked To The Legend Of King Arthur
An ancient palace was discovered at a site closely associated with the legend of King Arthur, and it’s shedding new light on life in Britain’s Dark Ages. It may even help play a role in determining if there’s any truth to the legend.  Four trenches dug at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall revealed the walls of buried buildings, including the thick walls of what is believed to have been a palace built between the 5th and 7th centuries.  According to the “History of the Kings of Britain,” written in the 12th century by Geoffrey of Monmouth, that’s when and where Arthur was conceived. &...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Discovery's Edge: Rise of the Microbiome
This article originally appeared on the Discovery's Edge blog. ______________________ As a species, we have a love-hate relationship with microbes. For centuries, we didn’t even know they existed. Then came the microscope and Louis Pasteur’s germ theory, and suddenly we could see that microorganisms were the cause of deathly diseases like bubonic plague, smallpox, and tuberculosis. The [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 6, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

South Africa: Evidence of Plague Found in Rat in Tembisa Rubbish Dump
[GroundUp] The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it is taking measures to prevent the outbreak of bubonic plague in humans after a rat, found in an informal settlement in Mayibuye in Tembisa, tested positive for plague antibodies on 16 March. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 5, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Evidence of Plague Found in Dead Rat in Tembisa Rubbish Dump
[GroundUp] The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it is taking measures to prevent the outbreak of bubonic plague in humans after a dead rat, found in an informal settlement in Mayibuye in Tembisa, tested positive for plague antibodies on 16 March. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 5, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Key step in process of Shigella infection identified
Researchers have discovered a key mechanism used by Shigella to delivery proteins into target host cells. Their findings may apply to additional bacterial species, including those responsible for typhoid fever, bubonic plague and many hospital-acquired pneumonias. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mass. General research team identifies key step in process of Shigella infection
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases have discovered a key mechanism used by Shigella to delivery proteins into target host cells. Their findings may apply to additional bacterial species, including those responsible for typhoid fever, bubonic plague and many hospital-acquired pneumonias. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Natural Remedies that Are Better Than a Flu Shot
Welcome to the flu season. You’re smack in the middle of it. You’ve probably seen the signs offering free flu shots outside your local pharmacies. Between October and May each year, the myth about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is hyped to a fevered pitch (pardon the pun). I’ve never had a flu shot in my life. Unlike many alternative health doctors, I’m not against vaccines as a rule. Vaccines have knocked out many of the ancient scourges — like bubonic plague, small pox and polio. But flu shots are different. First of all, I don’t believe the flu vaccine is effective — give...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 27, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures flu flu shot immune system vaccine Source Type: news

South Africa: MPs Urged to Take Part in Global Efforts to Fight TB
[Parliament of South Africa] In the past 200 years TB killed more people than small pox, malaria, bubonic plague, cholera, influenza, ebola and HIV. But despite that, TB has not brought in as much urgency among health activists, scientists, politicians and many world leaders, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi told Members of the National Assembly (NA) in Parliament yesterday during a debate on the statement made by Dr Motsoaledi on the 2nd Global Tuberculosis Caucus of Parliamentarians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 26, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bubonic Plague Found in Oregon Teenager
The girl is believed to have contracted the disease from a flea bite. Officials have noted a puzzling rise in plague cases across the United States. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHRISTINE HAUSER Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Plague Bubonic Plague Oregon Source Type: news

Bubonic plague confirmed in Oregon teen
A teenage girl in Crook County, Oregon is in the ICU recovering from a case of bubonic plague, according to the Oregon Health Authority and the Crook County Public Health Department. Health officials believe she contracted the bacteria from an infect... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenage girl in Oregon hospitalized with bubonic plague
(Reuters) - A teenage girl in Oregon has tested positive for bubonic plague, state health officials said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Teen girl in Oregon has bubonic plague, health officials say
Eastern Oregon girl is believed to have acquired the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip, officials say (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plague has infected humans since Bronze Age, DNA study shows
Disease has been present for twice as long as previously thought, and was originally spread by human-to-human contact, not fleas, says new study Plague has been a human scourge for more than twice as long as had previously been thought, new research suggests. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 23, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Infectious diseases Science Microbiology Bubonic plague University of Cambridge Source Type: news

CDC: 15 cases of human plague reported this year
Fifteen people have been infected with bubonic plague so far this year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN. Four of those cases were fatal. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Matter: In Ancient DNA, Evidence of Plague Much Earlier Than Previously Known
A new study suggests that Yersinia pestis, which causes plague, infected people as long as 5,000 years ago. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARL ZIMMER Tags: Genetics and Heredity DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Russia Willerslev, Eske Siberia Plague Poland Europe Bubonic Plague Current Biology (Journal) Source Type: news

Plague has infected humans since Bronze Age, DNA study shows
Disease has been present for twice as long as previously thought, and was originally spread by human-to-human contact, not fleas, says new study Plague has been a human scourge for more than twice as long as had previously been thought, new research suggests. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 22, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Infectious diseases Science Microbiology Bubonic plague University of Cambridge Source Type: news

15 cases of human plague this year, CDC says
Fifteen people have been infected with bubonic plague so far this year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN. Four of those cases were fatal. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death
(Oregon State University) A 20-million-year-old flea, entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, provides what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer -- an ancient strain of the bubonic plague. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

True history: U.S. dropped bubonic plague on North Korea as a weapon of mass destruction
(NaturalNews) A 2013 bombshell book claims that during the Korean War, the United States employed germ warfare against North Korea and communist Chinese forces, claims that the government has denied for decades.The book, This Must Be the Place: How the U.S. Waged Germ Warfare... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bubonic plague reported in Michigan
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michigan confirms state's first case of bubonic plague
Officials say it's the 14th case nationally this year for the rare, flea-borne illness that killed millions in the Middle Ages (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bubonic plague reported in Michigan
Another American has come down with the plague -- and this time, they're not out West. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that a person in that state had the bubonic plague, one of what is now 14 such cases reported ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michigan Resident Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague
 Sept 14 (Reuters) - A Michigan resident is recovering from the state's first ever confirmed case of bubonic plague, state health officials said on Monday. The adult resident of Marquette County in the state's Upper Peninsula recently returned from a Colorado area with reported plague activity and there is no cause for concern about human-to-human contact, the state health department said. It was the 14th human plague case reported nationally in 2015, more than four times the average of three cases annually of the rare and potentially life-threatening flea-borne illness, state health officials said. An elderly Utah re...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michigan resident tests positive for plague
(Reuters) - A Michigan resident is recovering from the state's first ever confirmed case of bubonic plague, state health officials said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How they survived bubonic plague
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did US military labs mishandle bubonic plague, viruses?
The U.S. Department of Defense is looking into possible mishandling of bubonic plague and equine encephalitis samples at its laboratories, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - September 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did U.S. military labs mishandle bubonic plague, viruses?
The U.S. Department of Defense is looking into possible mishandling of bubonic plague and equine encephalitis samples at its laboratories, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plague – Madagascar
The Ministry of Health of Madagascar has notified WHO of an outbreak of plague. The first case was identified on 17 August in a rural township in Moramanga district. The case passed away on 19 August. As of 30 August, 14 cases, including 10 deaths, were reported. All confirmed cases are of the pneumonic form. Since 27 August, no new cases have been reported from the affected or neighbouring districts. The national task force has been activated to manage the outbreak. With support from partners – including WHO and the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar – the government of Madagascar is implementing thorough public ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 6, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: mortality [subject], death, death rate, adult mortality, child mortality, neonate mortality, fatal outcome, plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, risk assessment [subject], African Region [ Source Type: news

Utah man dies of bubonic plague in fourth US death this year
Fourth fatality out of 12 cases adds up to highest death rate in 15 years, but health authorities say risk remains very small overall Related: California child diagnosed with plague after camping at Yosemite A man in his 70s in Utah has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials have said. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 28, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press in Salt Lake City Tags: Bubonic plague Infectious diseases Science Utah US news World news Source Type: news

Health Officials Confirm Second Case Of Plague From Yosemite
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New York subway germ study derailed
New York scientists are backtracking on their sensational claims that strains of the bubonic plague and anthrax exist in the subway system following a critical letter from the city and federal health officials. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plague grave excavations contradict tales of naked bodies piled in pits
Archaeologists find evidence that survivors of epidemic still used coffins and buried victims in Christian east-west positionIn the summer of 1665, as the great plague ripped the heart out of the medieval city of London, people were still managing to bury the dead in coffins, correctly aligned in the traditional Christian east-west position wherever possible, according to the evidence of newly excavated plague graves.The proof from a plague pit at the Bethlem burial ground, where the last of 4,000 skeletons are being excavated before a new Crossrail station is built beside Liverpool Street station, contradicts apparent wit...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 12, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Bubonic plague London Archaeology Infectious diseases Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Scientists Back Off Some Findings in NYC Subway Microbiome Study
Scientists who mapped the DNA of the New York City subway system have backed off a claim that they discovered traces of anthrax and bubonic plague at several stations, after federal and city public health officials strongly disputed the findings. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - August 3, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

How small genetic change in Yersinia pestis changed human history
While studying Yersinia pestis, the bacteria responsible for epidemics of plague such as the Black Death, scientists found a single small genetic change that fundamentally influenced the evolution of the deadly pathogen, and thus the course of human history. They demonstrated how the acquisition of a single gene caused the shift of Y. pestis from causing a primarily gastrointestinal infection to a more serious and often fatal respiratory disease and how later modifications lead to infections associated with the bubonic plague. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How small genetic change in Yersinia pestis changed human history
(Northwestern University) While studying Yersinia pestis, the bacteria responsible for epidemics of plague such as the Black Death, scientists found a single small genetic change that fundamentally influenced the evolution of the deadly pathogen, and thus the course of human history. They demonstrated how the acquisition of a single gene caused the shift of Y. pestis from causing a primarily gastrointestinal infection to a more serious and often fatal respiratory disease and how later modifications lead to infections associated with the bubonic plague. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 30, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Colorado Plague Outbreak Traced Back To Pet Dog
Researchers have traced a 2014 outbreak of plague in Colorado back to a pit bull, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Colorado man identified only as “Patient A” fell ill in late June and was incorrectly diagnosed with pneumonia, according to Friday's report. More than a week later, doctors determined his fever, coughing and bloody mucus were caused by the bacteria Yersinia Pestis, which causes plague. Doctors diagnosed the man with pneumonic plague, meaning the infection was in his lungs. It took 23 days in the hospital for him to recover, according to the re...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Officials concerned by plague-carrying fleas in Arizona
Brooks HaysFLAGSTAFF, Ariz., April 6 (UPI) -- Arizona officials are monitoring flea populations after prairie dog dens tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease known as the bubonic plague. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats
Spend any length of time in New York City and a rat will show its whiskery face or worm-like tail. It could be on the subway tracks or nibbling through the garbage on the side of the street. It could also be carrying the bubonic plague. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - March 4, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Americas Source Type: news

NYC rats, fleas could carry bubonic plague
Some of the fleas found on urban rats are capable of transmitting the Black Death; fortunately one key element is missing (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disease-carrying fleas abound on New York City's rats
In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry a flea species capable of transmitting plague pathogens. Among them: 500-plus Oriental rat fleas, notorious for their role in transmitting the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Week in Science: Plague Gerbils, Spilling Coffee, and the Downside of Dishwashers
Seven days, lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of some of the week's most notable and quotable items: Illustration by Sarah Peavey The waves of bubonic plague that washed through medieval Europe might have been driven by gerbils, not rats. Doses of the "love hormone" oxytocin kept rats from getting drunk, suggesting a possible treatment for alcoholism. Dragonflies have superior color vision, thanks to eyes containing up to 30 different kinds of opsins, a group of light-sensitive proteins; humans, by comparison, possess merely three types of opsins. The ideal length of eyelashes i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

The black rat's blackened name
Telegraph View: It was not rats which carried the medieval Black Plague but an altogether cuter animal (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: gerbils University of Oslo Prof Nils Christian Stenseth Europe bubonic plague BBC medieval England Rats Asia Black death Source Type: news

Great gerbils – not black rats – were chief cause of the great plague, study says
Researchers claim Black Death was imported from Asia over 400 years of the pandemic via native rodents such as great gerbils and marmots which harboured the plague bacteriaThe gruesome waves of bubonic plague that began with the Black Death in medieval Europe and ended with the Great Plague of London may have been driven more by great gerbils than black rats, researchers claim.In a study that threatens to overturn the popular history of one of the world’s greatest health disasters, scientists suggest that the disease had little to do with pest-ridden rats lurking in European cities, but was instead imported from Asia...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 25, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample, science editor Tags: Infectious diseases Science Medical research UK news World news Health Norway Europe Animals Source Type: news