The US health authorities have launched aninvestigation after an American teenager contracted thebubonicplague on a hunting trip in Oregon.
It is believed that the girl was bitten by an infected flea, and she is currently being treated in hospital.
The bubonic plague was largely wiped out with the invention of antibiotics, but, still carried by rodents and fleas, it has not completely disappeared. Nine countries reported a total of 626 cases last year, with 127 of them resulting in death.
Although most of these cases occurred in Africa, the US has seen a spike in plague cases recently. Usually reporting about
The bubonic plague isparticularly notorious for the epidemic that wiped out between 25 and 60% of the European population in the 1300s.
It then killed over 100,000 people in London between 1665 and 1666.
Thanks to modern medicine – as well as the fact that she was diagnosed quickly – the teenager is expected to make a full recovery.