Is this Middle Ages Plague staging a comeback?

In addition to the ongoing spread and efforts to contain the Ebola virus there has been a re-emergence of a middle-ages bacterial disease known as Bubonic plague.

In 2011 the USA reported its first victim who was hospitalised, treated and discharged.

Recently China implemented quarantine measures after a man reportedly died of the bubonic plague, in addition to four people in Colorado USA also having been diagnosed with the disease who are said to be recovering. All four cases have been thought to be linked to the original man’s dog, which died from the illness after suspected of being exposed to plague-infected fleas from a prairie dog or rabbit.    

In January this year it was reported that 40 people had died of the disease on the island of Madagascar. This illness is transmitted by the bites of infected fleas and is currently treated with antibiotics.
If bacteria reach the lungs pneumonia develops and the disease can then be transmitted from-person-to-person through infected droplets spread by coughing.

According to BBC News, black rats associated with bubonic plague have reappeared in parts of the U.K.  Changes in weather patterns and increasing globalisation could bring back middle Ages diseases according to experts.   

The species has the potential to multiply in areas of urban decay according to a spokesman for the Government’s Veterinary Association.

The Black Death was thought to be caused by the huge growth in the number of infected black rats living in close proximity to humans.

Henning Venter 2014-08-01 02:32:57 AM
It looks as if nature has it in for us. Let’s make a list of diseases that have become a thread to Homo sapience: 1.HIV 2.Drug resistant TB 3 Drug resistant malaria 5 Bubonic plague 6 Ebola. Could it be that nature is busy to stop us from over populating the Earth?
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David Allcock 2014-08-01 08:15:29 AM
plague is not a serious problem as we have a cure and it is easy to contain and are other old illnesses...smallpox comes to mind..plague has never been totally eradicated....ebola however is a serious threat as we have no cure....yes these viruses are evolving but it is just nature evolving is not some curse sent to punish human beings...nature does not revolve around human is a two way street as we inturn are evolving resistance to these viruses...
Felix Yoghurt 2014-08-01 09:59:58 AM
The Ebola virus offers the religious an unparalleled opportunity to prove their belief beyond any doubt, once and for all. This is how it could be done: All religious persons throughout the world (Jew, Mormon, Christian, Muslim, Catholic etc..) to pray 5 times a day for 2 weeks. They pray to their god to cure all believers that are infected with Ebola irrespective of if they are/were sinners or not. They should flood him with the same prayer, so that the message is uniform, consistent and persistent throughout. God in turn to give the Ebola victims unconditional healing as long as they are a believer in him. No prayers to be offered up for non-beleivers irrespective of them ever having sinned or not. In fact the test could even be extended for the Baptists from Middlesborough USA (that place famous for handling serpents !). Some Baptist missionaries could be sent to ground 0 to walk amongst the sick and offer up prayers for healing. No protective clothing deemed necessary. After the 2 weeks period we should see a marked cure rate of >= 80 % for believers and no Baptists missionaries contracting Ebola. For non believers we'd expect greater than 70% mortality rate.
Anthony De Lucchi 2014-08-01 05:05:23 PM
The black rat? I thought the fleas carried the virus or germ that gives us the plague