Fleas carrying the bubonic plague have been found in Arizona – Business Insider

Swollen lymph nodes termed "buboes" ...

Swollen lymph nodes termed “buboes” caused by plague bacteria (bubonic plague). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Main symptoms of bubonic plague. Sour...

English: Main symptoms of bubonic plague. Sources are found in main article: Wikipedia:Black_death#Signs_and_symptoms. Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template_talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Business Insider reports that health officials in Navajo County and Coconino County of Arizona confirmed that fleas tested positive for the Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes the plague.

Source: Fleas carrying the bubonic plague have been found in Arizona – Business Insider

For more precise information on the the Plague in the US see the CDC latest update.

For wider coverage and history of the Bubonic Plague & the Black Death, open this link.

Finally, if you like philosophical fiction, read the famous book, ‘The Plague’ by Albert Commus. ‘The Plague’, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. Personally, I’ve had a phobia of rats ever since reading this book in my youth.

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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.

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