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The ‘White Plague’ Problem

July 20, 2014
By Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney (editorial@post-journal.com) , Post-Journal

The Middle Ages was characterized by the "black plague," or the "black death," a pandemic that reduced the world's population by about 150 million people, including half the population of Europe. Research revealed that the cause was a bacterium eventually named y. pestis, spread by rats and rat fleas. Antibiotics, good sanitation and pest control are the keys to preventing a recurrence of the disease, which still exists in parts of the world.

 
 

 

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