It may be surprising to hear of the “bubonic plague” in mid 2019, unless you’re in a history class. There is a misconception that the plague is ancient history and only a apart of the middle ages. This plague was known as the Black Death, it wiped out millions of people in the Middle Ages, during widespread outbreaks in the mid-1300s. It is estimated to have took out 60 percent of the European population, with some estimates placing the human death toll, that century, at 200 million.

Though the plague is uncommon today it lingers. The most common or simple way of spreading the bubonic plague is by the bite of fleas, carried by infected rodents. In this couples particular case, the two were left for dead after eating raw marmot kidney. This caused a quarantine of tourists in a remote area where they were stranded. The ethnic Kazakh couple died on 1 May in Mongolia’s westernmost province of Bayan-Ulgii, which borders Russia and China. It is safe to say that the plague didn’t cause anymore casualties than the couple. However, what if they boarded a plane? The death of these two people in Mongolia is a stark reminder of the danger that exist in a world so closely connected by planes, trains, and automobiles.