Black Death Plague

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    17th century plot to use plague hats as bioweapons revealed

    DON’T try on that fez. During the world’s longest siege, a 17th-century scientist hatched an ambitious plan – to weaponise the bubonic plague by painting it onto hats.

    The plot, which has just come to light, was discovered by Eleni Thalassinou at the University of Athens in Greece and her colleagues in six letters sent between 1649 and 1651. During that time, the town now known as Heraklion in Crete was under Venetian control but besieged by Ottoman troops.

    Michiel Angelo Salamon, a doctor in what is now Croatia, had an idea. The letters, sent between the rulers of the Venetian empire and the governor of a Croatian outpost, detail Salamon’s scheme for harnessing the plague, the deadly infection that swept across Europe in 1348 and had been circulating there ever since.

    Salamon appears to have devised a method for distilling the essence of plague. “He availed himself of the presence here of the plague to distil a liquid expressed from the spleen, the buboes and carbuncles of the plague stricken,” wrote the governor of Zara (Historical Review, doi.org/9fs).

    The governor proposed painting this liquid onto goods that besieging Turks were likely to buy – such as hats known as Albanian fezzes ...

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    A single strain of plague bacteria sparked multiple historical and modern pandemics
    A single entry of the plague bacterium into Europe was responsible for the Black Plague of the mid-14th century. This same strain sparked recurrent outbreaks on the continent over the following four centuries before spreading to China, where it triggered the third plague pandemic in the late 19th century. The wave of plague that traveled to Asia later became the source population for modern-day epidemics around the globe. The bacterium's routes over time were revealed by genome analyses published in Cell Host & Microbe.

    "Our study is the first to provide genetic support for plague's travel from Europe into Asia after the Black Death, and it establishes a link between the Black Death in the mid-14th century and modern plague," says first author Maria Spyrou of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

    The plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, is one of the deadliest pathogens in human history, sparking three major pandemics: the Plague of Justinian, which struck the Roman Empire during the 6th and 8th centuries; the second plague pandemic, which first erupted in Europe in the mid-14th-century Black Death and continued to strike the continent in recurrent outbreaks until the mid-18th century; and the third plague pandemic, which emerged in China during the late 19th century. ...

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    It hasn't gone away you know. Even in the US people die from the Plague and now the fleas which carry the Plague bacterium now infest squirrels and prairie dogs in the US South West.

    The return of the plague
    Why some diseases are hard to eradicate

    Jul 5th 2017

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    BUBONIC plague brought terror to medieval Europe. Over a third of its population perished from the “Black Death” in the 14th century, hastening the end of the feudal system. As a bacterial disease, the plague these days is generally treatable with modern antibiotics. Nonetheless, it persists beyond the grim chapters of history. On June 26th health authorities in New Mexico, in the south-western United States, announced that three people had been diagnosed with the disease in the previous month alone. This is a marked uptick for a country that records around seven cases a year nationwide, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

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    More on the Plague in Arizona. Campers etc beware.

    Fleas are testing positive for the plague in parts of Arizona
    By MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN Aug 12, 2017, 1:03 PM ET

    Officials in two Arizona counties are warning the public after fleas in the region tested positive for the plague, the infamous infectious disease that killed millions during the Middle Ages.

    Navajo County Public Health officials confirmed on Friday that fleas in the area have tested positive for the rare disease. The public health warning follows a similar notice from Coconino County Public Health Services District in Arizona warning of the presence of plague in fleas found there too.

    Both counties are situated in the northern part of Arizona.

    "Navajo County Health Department is urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease, which can be present in fleas, rodents, rabbits and predators that feed upon these animals," the public health warning states. "The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea or by direct contact with an infected animal." ...

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/fleas-testing-positive-plague-parts-arizona/story?id=49177920
     
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    Ha. Just came on to post this same story from The Independent. :)

    Man... what is going wrong when things like this start coming back.
     
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