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Uncontrolled Deforestation Linked To Deadly Madagascar Plague
2013-12-16 08:37:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When most people hear of the bubonic plague they tend to think of the Black Death pandemic that swept through the western world in the Middle Ages, wiping out nearly a quarter of the world’s population. Black Death plague was the single biggest killer of people across the world from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, and surprisingly today, the bubonic plague is still a big problem in many parts of the world....

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2009-08-10 06:15:00

Chinese authorities have halted the quarantine that was set upon a small town of 10,000 people in order to contain a lethal epidemic of pneumonic plague. Local authorities took the order away on Saturday after no new cases were found or reported in a week, the Beijing News daily announced. The presence of the very vituperative disease killed three people in Ziketan, a town in the Qinghai province in China's northwest region. Ziketan locals contacted by AFP Wednesday noted that some...

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2009-08-03 05:53:43

According to health authorities, thousands of people are under quarantine in a Tibetan town in northwest China after two men died of pneumonic plague and 11 others were confirmed to be infected. A 32-year-old herdsman in Ziketan in Qinghai province died due to the infection, and his 37-year-old neighbor also passed away on Sunday. Many of the others infected are relatives of the men and are being held in a hospital, authorities said. A team of experts has been sent to the town, and no...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'