Just when you thought 2020 was about to say sike, it just keeps getting worse. A squirrel in Morrison, CO, tested positive for the bubonic plague on July 11. If you thought the economic downturn from coronavirus was sending us back to the Great Depression days, you were sadly mistaken, because we’re taking it all the way back to the Middle Ages!
The bubonic plague, aka the Black Death, is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s population and is still known as the deadliest pandemic in human history. However, there are still approximately 1,000 to 2,000 cases reported worldwide every year. Now the World Health Organization has categorized it as a re-emerging disease. Transmission happens through flea bites or other infected animals, and while modern antibiotics can treat it if caught early on, the WHO still cautions that it’s a major threat to humans and animal lives. If infected, it can cause painful, swollen lymph nodes, fever, chills, and coughing.
Chinese authorities confirmed a positive case in inner Mongolia, July 7. Two people died in Colorado after testing positive in 2015, but according to the Jefferson County Public Health department, this marks the first case of the year in the county.