Latest Plague Stories
Late-night legend David Letterman has been joking about the size of New York City rats for years; however, a new study from Columbia University researchers has found that the disease threat posed by these hulking rodents is no laughing matter.
Researchers using statistical tools to map social connections in prairie dogs have uncovered relationships that escaped traditional observational techniques, shedding light on prairie dog communities that may help limit the spread of bubonic plague and guide future conservation efforts.
A team of Italian archaeologists has uncovered the remains of ancient plague victims at an ancient burial plot in what is now Luxor, Egypt, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the Egypt Exploration Society journal Egyptian Archaeology.
Killing tens of millions of Europeans during the mid-1300s, the medieval Black Death plague was one of the worst disease outbreaks humans have ever faced. But as devastating as the disease was, it may have helped human survival over the course of many generations...
A forensic analysis of teeth taken from 660-year-old skeletons recently dug up during London’s Crossrail project excavations reveal that the corpses were the victims from the great Black Death pandemic of the 14th century.
New research has found that two separate plagues – the Plague of Justinian of 541 and the Black Death some 800 years later – were caused by different strains of the same pathogen.
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.
A 'white plague' has been decimating marine corals in the Caribbean, and researchers now believe the culprit may be a virus, not bacteria.
Several popular areas in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, California were shut down Wednesday when a squirrel there tested positive for the plague.
Diagnosing the presence of Yersinia pestis, the cause of plague, may soon be easier than ever before.