10 Weirdest Disease Outbreaks Of 2015

1) Bubonic Plague                                                             (1 of 10)

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1) Bubonic Plague                                                             (1 of 10)

 

Bubonic Plague, also known as Black Death, still affects many people every year. In the 14th century, this plague killed around 60% of the European population and the CDC reported that there had been around 3 cases of this disease in the United States each year.

However, between April and August of the current year, this number rose to 11 cases. The CDC again reported in October that 4 additional cases had surfaced. This meant that there were a total of 15 cases for this disease in the year 2015.

The plague happens as a result of Yersinia pestis, bacteria that is transmitted through infected flea bites. For treatment, antibiotics need to be used, which need to be administered early on since the disease can become fatal really early.

In most of the cases, the disease happens in rural areas. In the United States, the disease was clustered in Nevada, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Colorado.

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