Latest Yersinia pestis 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Yersinia enterocolitica is a species of gram-negative coccobacillus-shaped bacterium, belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Infection from Yersinia enterocolitica causes the zoonotic disease yersiniosis. Most infected animals recover from the disease and become asymptomatic carriers. Acute infections lead to mild self-limiting entero-colitis or terminal ileitis in humans. Symptoms include watery or bloody diarrhea and fever. After oral uptake it replicates in the terminal ileum and...
Francisella tularensis is a pathogenic species of gram-negative bacteria and the causative agent of tularemia or rabbit fever. It is a facultative intracellular bacterium. It is classified as a Class A agent by the U.S. government due to its ease of spread by aerosol and its high virulence. In 1911 the species was found in ground squirrels in California. There are four subspecies that have been classified. Biovar tularensis is found mostly in North America. Biovar palearctica is found...