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Category: Black Death

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Medieval “Black Death” Was Airborne, Scientists Say

Skeletons buried deep beneath a square in London yield new information about how one of history’s deadliest plagues spread through 14th-century Britain.

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Outbreak of Bubonic Plague Hits Madagascar Village

Medical experts in Madagascar have confirmed that an outbreak of bubonic plague killed at least 20 people in a remote village there last week.

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17th-Century Londoners Died of Fright, Itch and Grief

A treatise by the pioneering statistician John Graunt, now on display at London’s Royal Society, provides a glimpse at life and death in the 1600s.

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Is the Black Death the Ancestor of All Modern Plagues?

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the bug responsible for the Black Death, which killed up to half of Europe’s population in the mid-14th century.

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Can We Stop Blaming Rats for the Black Death?

A new study suggests that humans, not vermin, spread the Black Death, and that the disease may not have been bubonic plague after all.

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They’re Back: A Bed Bug History

Many American cities are plagued by the worldwide resurgence of bed bugs, pesky critters with a history that dates back to ancient times.