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LONDON (Jan. 15) - Plague, the disease that devastated medieval Europe, is re-emerging worldwide and poses a growing but overlooked threat, researchers warned on Tuesday.
Rodents carry plague, which is virtually impossible to wipe out and moves through the animal world as a constant threat to humans, Begon said. Both forms can kill within days if not treated with antibiotics.
You can't realistically get rid of all the rodents in the world," he said in a telephone interview. "Plague appears to be on the increase, and for the first time there have been major outbreaks in Africa."
Globally the World Health Organization reports about 1,000 to 3,000 plague cases each year, with most in the last five years occurring in Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The United States sees about 10 to 20 cases each year.
Originally posted by seagull
They've found Plauge in the desert southwest for years. It's never been completely irradicated. I might be wrong, but I seem to recall hearing and reading that somewhere.
A new study of laboratory mice on the Hamilton Beach Strip confirms that pollution from QEW traffic and steel mills causes sperm mutations that are passed on to their offspring.
In a paper published in a U.S. journal Monday, the scientists said the implications for human health are unclear, but the changes have the potential to affect incidence of disease in descendants of the exposed rodents.