Black Plague Returns

Recent News About The Black Death

Liam Odermann, Advertising Manager, Assistant Editor, Writer

The Bubonic Plague, better known as the Black Death terrorized europe from 1347 to 1351. The plague had a devastating blow to the human population, up to 200 million deaths occurred. To many people’s knowledge, the plague was eradicated, but this is not the case. The Bubonic Plague is present in modern times, but with not many cases until recently.

The Bubonic Plague still pokes its head around and takes lives on a smaller scale than when it devastated Europe. A probable cause of more cases of the plague could be the result of Climate Change. Centuries old ice sheets carry all sorts of bacteria— even the Plague. As things warm up, the ice sheets melt from the high heats, causing bacteria and diseases to arise from their cold deaths into the atmosphere. Having knowledge of the Bubonic Plague is very useful and can protect others from this disease.

Recently in May, a city in Mongolia was released from quarantine after 6 days due to the plague. The cause was a Mongolian couple who died from the Bubonic Plague from digesting raw marmot kidney. The woman of the couple was pregnant and left 4 children orphaned. Tourists were stranded until the 6 day quarantine was lifted. Every person who came into contact with the couple was isolated and treated with antibiotics and prophylaxis to make sure they weren’t infected, and treated them if they were. This isn’t the only recent incident for this year though.

There was an incident in Denver, Colorado around July. Parts of a wildlife refuge remained closed after it was discovered that prairie dogs carried the Plague. This was a huge danger for pets and owners around the Denver area. Currently, they are still continuing attempts to stop this spread of the Plague and keep the safety of the public. The Bubonic Plague is nothing to joke about. It’s a serious threat to our society, and one must always be careful.