DNA confirms cause of 1665 London’s Great Plague – BBC News

English: An illustration of an undertaker duri...

English: An illustration of an undertaker during the Bubonic plague. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: This plague patient is displaying a s...

English: This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe. After the incubation period of 2-6 days, symptoms of the plague appear including severe malaise, headache, shaking chills, fever, and pain and swelling, or adenopathy, in the affected regional lymph nodes, also known as buboes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an amazing must read story from the BBC. It reports that DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind the Great Plague of London.

Source: DNA confirms cause of 1665 London’s Great Plague – BBC News

I must admit that I was concerned about the health risks of handling the skeletons of bubonic plague victims. But I was reassured by the last sentence of the article.

Thoughts?

Oregon public health officials say teen girl has bubonic plague | Fox News

English: This plague patient is displaying a s...

English: This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe. After the incubation period of 2-6 days, symptoms of the plague appear including severe malaise, headache, shaking chills, fever, and pain and swelling, or adenopathy, in the affected regional lymph nodes, also known as buboes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fox News reports that a teen girl from eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague. It seems that there is circa seven cases of the bubonic plague reported each year in America.

Source: Oregon public health officials say teen girl has bubonic plague | Fox News

Personally, I had thought that the plague was an extinct desease. In the Middle Ages, the plague nearly destroyed London.

These days the plague can be treated effectively with anti-biotics if caught early but there is no vaccine currently available.