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  • Every Year, A Few Americans Still Get The Plague

    07/11/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2014 | LAUREN F FRIEDMAN
    The recent news that a Colorado man was diagnosed with the plague may have left some wondering: Does that still happen here?The answer, somewhat surprisingly, is yes.While the last plague epidemic in the United States was back in 1924, when 37 people died in Los Angeles, the much-feared disease still surfaces in humans from time to time, though it's very infrequent — and fully treatable with antibiotics if it's caught in time."Plague... spread from urban rats to rural rodent species, and became entrenched in many areas of the western United States," the CDC explains. "Since that time, plague has...
  • 'Black Death pit' unearthed by Crossrail project

    03/15/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    bbc ^ | 14 March 2013 Last updated at 22:11 ET
    Excavations for London's Crossrail project have unearthed bodies believed to date from the time of the Black Death. A burial ground was known to be in an area outside the City of London, but its exact location remained a mystery. Thirteen bodies have been found so far in the 5.5m-wide shaft at the edge of Charterhouse Square, alongside pottery dated to the mid-14th Century. Analysis will shed light on the plague and the Londoners of the day. The skeletons' arrangement in two neat rows suggests they date from the earliest era of the Black Death, before it fully developed into...
  • Campground closed after ground squirrel tests positive for plague

    07/04/2010 4:40:42 PM PDT · by blueyon · 23 replies
    LATimes ^ | 7/04/10 | Ruben Vives
    Los Angeles County public health and U.S. Forest Service officials have closed the Los Alamos Campground in the Angeles National Forest after a California ground squirrel captured two weeks ago tested positive for plague. The camp, between Gorman and Pyramid Lake, was closed Saturday afternoon and will remain closed for at least 10 days, said Jonathan Fielding, the county's public health director. Squirrel burrows in the area will be dusted for fleas, and further testing will be conducted before the campground is reopened. "We're fortunate to have caught this," Fielding said. "This case now is about prevention." Plague is a...
  • Lost documents shed light on Black Death

    06/01/2007 6:38:06 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 59 replies · 1,117+ views
    The Times ^ | June 1, 2007 | Simon de Bruxelles
    For centuries, rats and fleas have been fingered as the culprits responsible for the Black Death, the medieval plague that killed as many as two thirds of Europe’s population. But historians studying 14th-century court records from Dorset believe they may have uncovered evidence that exonerates them. The parchment records, contained in a recently-discovered archive, reveal that an estimated 50 per cent of the 2,000 people living in Gillingham died within four months of the Black Death reaching the town in October 1348. The deaths are recorded in land transfers lodged with the manorial court which – unusually for the period...
  • Tobacco Plant Transformed into Plague Vaccine Factory

    01/18/2006 5:49:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 576+ views
    Scientific American ^ | January 10, 2006 | NA
    Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) is one of the oldest known diseases of the plant world. Plague--known as the "black death" in medieval Europe--is one of the oldest diseases afflicting humans, and has become a focus of concern in recent years because of its potential use as a bioweapon. Now scientists have transformed TMV to infect host plants and produce immunizing proteins rather than debilitating leaf shrivel, turning greenhouse tobacco into a biofactory for plague vaccine. Biotechnology specialists Charles Arntzen and his colleagues at Arizona State University used a process developed in Germany to effect the change. First, they injected the...
  • Camus as Conservative: A post 9/11 reassessment of the work of Albert Camus

    12/20/2003 12:47:34 PM PST · by bdeaner · 79 replies · 1,062+ views
    Orthodoxy Today ^ | 12/20/03 | Murray Soupcoff
    Camus as Conservative: A post 9/11 reassessment of the work of Albert Camus Murray Soupcoff The Guardian -- that last fanatical bastion of English left-wing obstinacy and foolishness -- published a unique book review honouring the latest Penguin edition of The Plague, the enduring fictional allegory of human suffering and sacrifice, written by French existentialist novelist Albert Camus. It was particularly surprising that The Guardian, of all publications, would publish what was really a revised introduction to the latest English-language edition of The Plague, since Camus' unique philosophical and political point of view was always so different from that of...