The Plague Is Back?

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The Plague Is Back?

Naheen Khan, Reporter

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The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” during the Middle Ages,  is a highly-infectious fatal disease that is spread primarily through rodents. It also has a deadlier phase known as the pneumonic plague. Earlier in the  month three people from Mongolia were hospitalized for the plague in two separate cases, they were linked with eating wild animals. Two of the victims were diagnosed with the pneumonic plague and one with the bubonic plague. It’s scary due to the fact that this plague wiped out almost half of the population during the Middle Ages, and recently, cases of the plague have been reported.

From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths. Some victims from recent weeks told CNN how they felt, “First, they felt pain all over their body. Next, a lump sometimes as small as pea, other times as big as an apple protruded from their skin. Then, as the disease spread throughout their body, they coughed up blood.” It’s scary knowing the possibly could be a major outbreak and have the plague spread. Today, a large amount of us think of the plague as something out of a history book, but it’s a real thing and we need to be aware of the deadly affects of it. The plague may not be as serious of an issue as it once was, but it stills rings up many questions due to the fact that there is so much we still have yet to find out about the plague. For those curious about recovery, the Centre For Disease Control (CDC) advises that the plague is treatable with antibiotics and the sooner you get treated, the more of a chance of full recovery you have.