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Source: ABC (ugh! I’m desperate what can I say)

The bubonic plague, leprosy and polio are thought of as diseases of the past — things that might have had a part in history, but aren’t around to infect us any longer.


Infectious influenza (H1N1) caused millions of deaths as a pandemic in 1918, but is also the source of the current swine flu pandemic.

(/ABC News)

But a recent incident in China, where a town was quarantined for 10 days after three people died of a variant of bubonic plague, was just one of many reminders that these diseases have not vanished from the face of the earth.

While many think of these diseases as completely eradicated — and they occur far less frequently than they used to in the United States — they have managed to hang on.

“The microbes have hopes, dreams and aspirations just like human beings. In their case, it’s to infect other people,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a pediatrician and medical historian at the University of Michigan. Read More

Written by dnnnewshound

August 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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