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The plague was unbelievably deadly and disastrous in Europe during the 1300-1700s, but it is somewhat more surprising that the plague still claims a number of lives across the modern world. Even more surprising is that the number of cases has been slightly rising over the past few decades. In the midst of my ‘Plague…

Modern Day Plague Death in America

Its sad serendipity that I found out that an Arizona-based biologist working for the National Park Service, named Eric York, likely died of plague a few months ago. Fatalities due to modern-day plague (caused by the bacteria Y. pestis) are extremely rare, especially in America. I’m not even sure when the last death from plague…

This is a continuation of the first part in a series about what caused the Black Death in 12th-17th century Europe, and part of Plague Week here at Retro, which is looking like it might become Plague Fortnight. The first appearance of the Black Death in Europe was sometime in the 14th century, however major…

This week is plague week at Retrospectacle, and every day I will be posting something about the Black Plague. Now that you’ve read my introduction to the Black Plague replete with its cause (both real and imagined), I wanted to write a bit about what ‘Plague doctors’ in 16th century Europe wore in an attempt…

This week is plague week at Retrospectacle, and every day I will be posting something about the Black Plague. The Black Plague was responsible for wiping out 1/3 of the population of Europe during the 1300s, and is considered one of the worst (is not THE worst) pandemic in recorded history. The plague was particularly…