Latest Pneumonic plague Stories

Did Human Survivorship Improve Following The Black Death Epidemic?
2014-05-08 08:46:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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, according to new research from Sharon DeWitte, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology at the University of South Carolina. Previous studies have shown that...

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....

2012-01-31 06:09:55

Among medical mysteries baffling many infectious disease experts is exactly how the deadly pneumonic plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, goes undetected in the first few day of lung infection, often until it's too late for medical treatment. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has opened a door to the answer. Researchers led by William E. Goldman, PhD, professor and chair of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at...

2011-01-25 13:03:49

There is an ongoing battle in the "war on terror" that remains mostly unseen to the public -- a race between scientists working to develop a vaccine to protect against plague and the terrorists who seek to use plague as a weapon. "Governments remain concerned that bioweapons of aerosolized Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, could kill thousands," said Stephen Smiley, a leading plague researcher and Trudeau Institute faculty member. The anthrax scare that followed the terror...

2010-11-01 08:40:00

A new study tracking the DNA signature of the plague has found that the deadly disease first broke out in China more than 2,600 years ago before making its way to Europe via Central Asia's "Silk Road" trade route. The findings prove many suspicions about the long-believed Chinese origins of the plague, which killed nearly a third of Europeans during the Middle Ages. Scientists from around the world sequenced 17 strains of Y. pestis, connecting them as pathogens that mutated from a common...

2010-04-17 10:02:40

State media reported Friday that Chinese authorities warned of a potential outbreak of the deadly pneumonic plague in the aftermath of the quake that left at least 760 dead and thousands hurt. The China Daily said marmots spread the pneumonic plague, and health officials fear the 6.9-magnitude earthquake may have woken the large group squirrels from their winter hibernation. "The Ministry of Health has asked all personnel involved in rescue work in the region to keep a close eye and report...

2009-10-09 07:20:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The mystery of the Black Plague -- its origin, its carrier, the speed of its dissemination -- continues to puzzle historians and epidemiologists today, summoning fearsome images of a disease that devastated Europe, killing off one-third of the population, and the possibility of its reoccurrence. In his new nonfiction book, "Plague, Weather, and Wool" (published by AuthorHouse), Todd Richardson draws upon his background in medicine and history, as...

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...

2009-08-06 12:42:42

Chinese state media reported that a dog is suspected to be the origin of an outbreak of pneumonic plague in northwest China that has left 10,000 people under strict quarantine and resulted in the deaths of three people, AFP reported. In an effort to contain the spread of the highly virulent disease, Ziketan, a remote town in a Tibetan area of Qinghai province, has been locked down since Saturday. Xinhua news agency said one patient was in critical condition and eight others were infected,...

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...

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