Plague spread 3,000 years earlier than 1st thought: 2,800 BC

Plague spread 3,000 years earlier than 1st thought: 2,800 BC:

LONDON (AP) — The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people — a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve.

Plague cause of death for star Colorado high school athlete

Plague cause of death for star Colorado high school athlete (RT, June 22, 2015):

Colorado officials have confirmed that a rare strain of plague was responsible for the death of Taylor Gaes, 16, who suddenly fell ill on June 8 and died later that day.

Authorities say the boy likely contracted septicemic plague — effectively a rapidly-moving bacterial infection that enters the bloodstream directly — from infected fleas or a dead animal on his family ranch in Cherokee Park near Fort Collins, according to Larimer County Health Department spokeswoman Katie O’Donnell, the Denver Post reported.

The Larimer County Health Department has called for anyone who attended the boy’s memorial service on his family’s farm to be mindful of any potential flu-like symptoms.

Plague Outbreak KillS Dozens In Madagascar

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Experts raise alarm as plague kills dozens in Madagascar (CNN, Jan 31, 2015):

(CNN)An outbreak of the plague has killed dozens in Madagascar, and experts fear those numbers could go up.

At least 119 cases were confirmed by late last year, including 40 deaths, the World Health Organization said in a statement.

And the disease is taking an alarming turn.

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China Seals Off Yumen City After Outbreak Of Bubonic Plague

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China Seals Off Yumen City After Outbreak Of Bubonic Plague (ZeroHedge, July 23, 2014):

With Colorado suffering from pneumonic plague, and the dreadfully sad report of Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracting the virus, it appears China is taking no chances. As Yahoo reports, Chinese officials have blocked off parts of Yumen, a city in northwest China, preventing about 30,000 of the city’s people from leaving after one resident died from bubonic plague. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine but US experts are perplexed at the response, there’s something here that we don’t know, because this seems a very expansive response to just one case.”

As Yahoo reports,

A city in China has reportedly been sealed off after one resident died from bubonic plague, but this way of trying to contain the disease is puzzling to infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme given the information released about the case.

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Three More Cases Of Most Deadly Form Of Plague Found In Colorado

Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria
Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria

Three More Cases Of Most Deadly Form Of Plague Found In Colorado (ZeroHedge, July 20, 2014):

It has been quite a week for geopolitics: first the BRICs openly defied the legacy developed world system with the formation of a BRIC bank and the creation of a $100 billion currency reserve, promptly followed by the latest and most severe round of US sanctions against Russia, followed even more promptly by the tragic disaster of flight MH 17 which sadly will turn out to be nothing but yet another provocative attempt to unleash war and change the Russia-European energy balance of power, masked by public fury at the death of several hundred innocent bystanders. And speaking of innocent bystander deaths, nothing tops Israel’s decision to roll out the tanks into Gaza just hours following the Ukraine tragedy, and sending the death count on the Gaza side soaring and well into the 300s. All in all – a very disturbing week, which however nobody who was looking at the S&P 500 would realize.

It has also been a very busy week for viral epidemiologists, who have been following the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Afrca, which has claimed over 600 lives by now and has become the worst Ebola breakout in history, with anxiety and dread. But what may soon be even bigger news is what we reported a week ago, namely that a Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of the pneumonic plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.

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Colorado Man Infected With Deadliest, Rarest Form Of Plague

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Scientists Find Ancient Plague DNA In Teeth

Scientists Rebuild Genetic Code Of ‘Black Death’ Germ By Extracting DNA Fragments From Teeth Of Medieval Corpses Found Under The ROYAL MINT In London

Peru: Deadly outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague

Plague-Infested Mice Missing From New Jersey Research Lab

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Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria
Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria

Colorado Man Infected With Deadliest, Rarest Form Of Plague (ZeroHedge, July 13, 2014):

Don’t Panic. But…”The message we’re trying to get out is that the plague bacteria is present here in Colorado, and to take necessary precautions to avoid getting infected,” is the warning from health officials as a Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of the pneumomic plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing. As Bloomberg reports, it is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004, and rather stunningly, he appears to have contracted the illness from his dog. “We don’t think it’s out in our air,” House said. “We think it’s in our dead animal populations.”

As Bloomberg reports, a Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.

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Scientists Find Ancient Plague DNA In Teeth

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Scientists Rebuild Genetic Code Of ‘Black Death’ Germ By Extracting DNA Fragments From Teeth Of Medieval Corpses Found Under The ROYAL MINT In London

Peru: Deadly outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague

Plague-Infested Mice Missing From New Jersey Research Lab

Return of the Plague


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Scientists find ancient plague DNA in teeth (AP, Jan 28, 2014):

LONDON (AP) — Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn that new versions of the bacteria could spark future outbreaks.

Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by the Justinian plague about 1,500 years ago. With those fragments, they reconstructed the genome of the oldest bacteria known.

They concluded the Justinian plague was caused by a strain of Yersinia pestis, the same pathogen responsible for the Black Death that struck medieval Europe. The study was published online Tuesday in the journal, Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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Scientists Rebuild Genetic Code Of ‘Black Death’ Germ By Extracting DNA Fragments From Teeth Of Medieval Corpses Found Under The ROYAL MINT In London

From the article:

“Rebuilding the genetic code of the bacterium from DNA fragments was not easy, say the scientists.

They removed teeth from skeletons found in an ancient graveyard in London located under what is now the Royal Mint.”

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Black Death genetic code ‘built’ (BBC News, Oct. 12, 2011):

The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time.

The researchers extracted DNA fragments of the ancient bacterium from the teeth of medieval corpses found in London.

They say the pathogen is the ancestor of all modern plagues.

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Peru: Deadly outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague

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An outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague in Peru has killed a 14-year-old boy and infected at least 31 people in a northern coastal province.

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The plague outbreak is close to Chicama beach, a popular draw for tourists to Peru.

Oscar Ugarte, the health minister, said authorities were screening sugar and fish meal exports from Ascope province, located about 325 miles north-west of Lima.

Chicama beach, a popular draw for tourists to Peru, is not far away.

Mr Ugarte said the boy, who had Down syndrome, died of bubonic plague on July 26.

He said on Monday that most of the infections were bubonic plague, with four cases of pneumonic plague.

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Plague-Infested Mice Missing From New Jersey Research Lab

Miami, FL (AHN) – The frozen remains of two mice infected with the bubonic plague are missing from a New Jersey bioterror research facility, and the facility waited seven weeks to report the incident to federal and state authorities.

Officials with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, where the remains went missing, and FBI officials, said the missing mice pose no public health threat.

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Return of the Plague (Time)

This is the same facility where three live plague-inflected mice went missing in September 2005. Officials concluded those mice died.

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Return of the Plague

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Like no other disease, plague evokes terror. One of the most lethal illnesses in human history, it killed probably a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century. It may also have been one of the first agents of biological warfare: It’s said that in the 1340s, invading Mongols catapulted their plague dead over the city wall into Kaffa in the Crimea.

Yet the plague is not just a disease of the distant past. While cases tapered off in the mid-20th century, the World Health Organization (WHO) now classifies plague as “re-emerging.” No one is predicting another pandemic like the Black Death that devastated Europe. The WHO now records at most only a few thousand cases worldwide per year; and, if detected early, the disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics. But since the early 1990s, plague has returned to places – including India, Zambia, Mozambique, Algeria and parts of China – that had not seen it in many years or even decades.

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