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Can it be prevented?
The "Black Death" of the Middle Ages was due to large numbers of flea-ridden rats infesting homes and workplaces. In most developed countries, cities and towns have successfully controlled their rat populations, but rural and urban areas of developing countries often have problems with rat infestation, and thus are at risk of bubonic plague epidemics.
Risk: Wild rodents in certain areas around the world are infected with plague. Outbreaks in people still occur in rural communities or in cities. They are usually associated with infected rats and rat fleas that live in the home. In the United States, the last urban plague epidemic occurred in Los Angeles in 1924-25. Since then, human plague in the United States has occurred as mostly scattered cases in rural areas (an average of 10 to 15 persons each year). Globally, the World Health Organization reports 1,000 to 3,000 cases of plague every year. In North America, plague is found in certain animals and their fleas from the Pacific Coast to the Great Plains, and from southwestern Canada to Mexico. Most human cases in the United States occur in two regions: 1) northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, and southern Colorado; and 2) California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada. Plague also exists in Africa, Asia, and South America (see map).
Originally posted by Lookingup
Just for the record, the plague is a bacterium, not a virus. Yes, it can be killed with antibiotics, but what if someone was trying to grow up a batch that was resistant to antibiotics? Wiki Yersinia pestis
Originally posted by Now_Then
I hope it's not related to this: Report: Plague killing al-Qaida terrorists. That story was the 19th Jan, so the timing matches... Can the plagle (bacturium I believe) be reactivated from frozen samples? I suppose so, only heat kills it, cold just puts it into suspended animation.
Originally posted by HBStar
Does anyone know if IV forms are better/faster than capsules or tablets or syrups?
Originally posted by mithrawept
Cheap weapon though. Parachute in a box of plague mice, sit back and wait. You wouldn't need to kill them all, just make them ill enough so they couldn't fight.