Jan 29, 2014 — When you hear the words bubonic plague, Black Death usually comes to mind. But the first plague pandemic happened 800 years earlier, when the Justinian plague wiped out nearly a quarter of the world's population. Scientists have decoded the bacteria responsible, which have roots in China.
Nov 19, 2013 — It can be tough to stop the plague from spreading in rural Uganda because most villages don't have medical doctors to diagnose the deadly infection. But healers and herbalists are common. A scientist has trained them to detect the illness and refer patients for modern treatment.
Jan 17, 2013 — In many parts of the world, like Europe, the plague is thought to have been eliminated. French scientists find evidence that the stubborn bacteria can trigger new outbreaks even after decades of apparent dormancy.
Oct 12, 2011 — While the results are a technical tour de force, the researchers did not find any genetic feature that could explain why the Black Death was so virulent. In fact, the germ behind the medieval plague isn't much different from the one that causes bubonic plague today.
May 9, 2011 — A 58-year-old New Mexico man was hospitalized for a week after showing up at an emergency room in April with a high fever and pain in his lower abdomen and groin. He represents the first case of plague reported in the U.S. this year.
Sep 3, 2010 — Scientist who caused Miami airport bomb alert is a former Texas Tech prof with a fraud conviction. Thomas Butler was charged with illegally transporting bubonic plague but was acquitted of that but convicted of fraud and sentenced to two years.