Return of the Black Death?

Dame_Enda

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Mongolia has quarantined a region near its western border with Russia following 2 suspected cases of bubonic plague linked to consumption of marmot meat. 146 more samples are being analysed, with 504 confirmed contacts.

The Bubonic Plague is believed to be the cause of the 14th century plague known as the Black Death, which killed an estimated 50 million people, including up to half the population of England.

So could that happen again? Scientists have expressed fears that the bacteria that causes bubonic plague lives on within the Siberian permafrost, which is melting due to Climate Change.


 
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No. If there’s no person to person transmission or animal to person transmission there’s no real risk. It’s similar to Ebola: if the only way you can get it is by eating an animal or rolling around in the fluids of someone who’s eaten an animal, it’s not going to spread.

What an oddly written article btw


Experts say the direct descendants of the same bubonic plague that killed 50 million people in the 14th century still exist today, killing around 2,000 people a year.
 

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No. If there’s no person to person transmission or animal to person transmission there’s no real risk. It’s similar to Ebola: if the only way you can get it is by eating an animal or rolling around in the fluids of someone who’s eaten an animal, it’s not going to spread.

What an oddly written article btw
I'm curious as to what is killing the elephants in Botswana.

Something very odd going on (and no, I don't think its linked to Covid 19) with this?

Mystery as hundreds of elephants found dead
 

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Don't worry the shinners will tell us how to deal with it...
 

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May be spreading. A suspected case in Inner Mongolia, in China.
 

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You can always rely on Dame Enda to bring some cheer to the party. Bubonic plague may still exist as many diseases do but the thing is that bubonic plaque is relatively easily treated with anti-biotics these days as far as I am aware.
 

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That’s how plagues spread though. From 2 cases on the western border of a country 4 times the size of Germany to 1 case on the East of it.
 

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The Black Death hasn't gone away you know

- but has changed over the years

It's like as deadly as it was back then

And IIRC can be treated successfully if caught in time.

So I don't think we need worry too much here...

[famous last words an all....]
 

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That’s how plagues spread though. From 2 cases on the western border of a country 4 times the size of Germany to 1 case on the East of it.
You've ''misunderestimated'' the coming craze of honey glazed marmots on a stick.

Its going to be huge and leave other stick based meat snacks behind.
 

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Coronavirus seems to get evermore mysterious- now two researchers say it's been in two other continents before the first illness was reported in China

We're all just learners on this one; there's no experts ( not even Trump).
 

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there is like 1-2000 cases a year of it world wide and an average of 9 in the USA per year
 

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