The Plague

Learn about the plague

Learn about the plague

The advent of antibiotics dramatically reduced the mortality rate of those infected with plague in the United States from 66 percent in the early decades of the 20th century to 11 percent from 1990 to 2010.The bubonic plague which wiped out an estimated 60 percent of the European population during the Middle Ages typically spreads through flea bites or when plague bacteria comes in contact with an individual’s broken

skin, according to the CDC. Onset can be sudden and typically involves

fever, headache, chills, weakness and swollen lymph glands.

What the plague really looks like

Watch Out

Individuals should avoid contact with and keep pets away from wild animals such as squirrels, chipmunks or other rodents, who can carry fleas.