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1default Black Death is Back on August 1st 2014, 3:28 am

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The black death is not only back but is back with a vengeance.  On the 25 of July (2014) it was reported that China sealed off an entire town for bubonic plague. However, these reports were dead wrong as the outbreak was actually pneumonic plague. While pneumonic plague is a strain of bubonic plague it is way more deadly than the original strain. Instead of infecting by being bitten by a flea it infects by entering the lungs and as a result spreads like the common flu. All you have to do is walk in a room with someone who has it and inhale a few times and its curtains if you don't get treatment as it has a 100% mortality rate for anyone not treated.

Now while is is true that it can be treated with streptomycin or tetracycline that doesn't mean that they have enough supplies to treat everyone infected.

Bolivia has also seen an outbreak of the first strain as well but it is likely that it will not be contained there due to lack in resources, and superstitious beliefs.

Here is a piece of the article and do note the population density as you look up the actual location *hint*

A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.
The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, the television arm of the official news agency Xinhua said.

For more information on the bubonic plague and its various strains Check out my article here.

---Other links of interest----

About Bubonic Plague


Yahoo News Article


Global Disaster Tracking Maps


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2default Re: Black Death is Back on August 1st 2014, 3:50 am

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Yeah, I remember hearing about this. Doesn't look good.

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3default Re: Black Death is Back on August 8th 2014, 6:00 pm

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Well its not good now. Now there are 3 cities and one rural place quarantined. Bare in mind that it started with one person who apparently went untreated because the virus mutated into pneumonic plague. This happens when it goes untreated for too long and reaches the lungs (for more on this check here)  Here is the current situation update:

Authorities in the city of Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Thursday issued a level III emergency alert in response to the death of a resident from pneumonic plague. The victim, surnamed Wang but whose gender was not stated, died after contracting the serious lung infection, said a publicity official from the Yumen Health and Family Planning Commission. Following confirmation of the cause of death, 151 people known to have been in close contact with Wang, who lived in Yumen, were put into isolation pending health checks, the city government said. Yumen is administered by Jiuquan. The tests failed to find any evidence to suggest any of the people were similarly infected, the government said in a statement on its website. They have, however, been given medicine as a precautionary measure, the statement said. As a result of the emergency alert -- the third-highest in a four-tier system - four quarantine areas have been set up: in Yumen City, Chijin Town, Xihu Village and an unnamed rural area, the government said. Several roads into and out of Jiuquan have also been closed, including the Lianhuo Expressway that links east Jiangsu Province and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, local traffic police said. "We don't know when the road will reopen," said Meng Guanghui, a police officer who patrols the expressway, adding that drivers have been told to find alternative routes. The plague that killed Wang is thought to have come from fleas carried by rats. The deadly disease decimated populations across Europe in the 14th century.

As there is a 10 day incubation period and the mutated version is airborne the quarantine is necessary even if the affected individuals are treated as they actually don't know who all that the 151 people came in contact with.


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4default Re: Black Death is Back on August 11th 2014, 5:50 am

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sounds like black death is back to wipe human kind out!!.


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5default Re: Black Death is Back on August 13th 2014, 2:51 pm

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As noted here there is currently a small outbreak in the USA.  Interesting how that 2 of the most industrialized nations on the planet can have this.


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6default Re: Black Death is Back on August 13th 2014, 4:58 pm

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very interesting.


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7default Re: Black Death is Back on August 19th 2014, 5:00 am

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8default Re: Black Death is Back on August 19th 2014, 3:46 pm

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ill look later.


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9default Re: Black Death is Back on September 3rd 2014, 3:09 am

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This situation appears to have been resolved, however, in the USA there are still cases being taken care of in the state of Colorado. For more information on this see this post


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10default Re: Black Death is Back on September 4th 2014, 8:32 pm

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ah well black death is going to become a pain.


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