The Black Death Is Back...?!

Tyler Durden's picture

Not since the Middle Ages has the bubonic plagues taken so many lives in a year. Having wiped out 25 million people in Europe, appearances of the Black Death since have been rare but the Red Cross is reporting a new outbreak has killed more than 20 people on the island of Madagascar. Living standards in the nation have collapsed since 2009 (what else happened in 2009?) and the prevalence of rats has helped spread the disease easily. While China claims to have the bird flu under control (despite some rumors out of Hong Kong), the Red Cross warns there is a risk of a Black Death epidemic.

 

Via BBC,

A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed.

 

Test were carried out after at least 20 people in the village, near the north-western town of Mandritsara, were reported to have died last week.

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October that Madagascar was at risk of a plague epidemic.

 

The disease is transmitted to humans via fleas, usually from rats.

 

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Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare.

 

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The prevalence of rats in Madagascar's prisons means the plague can spread easily.

 

The Pasteur Institute said there were concerns that the disease could spread to towns and cities where living standards have declined since a coup in 2009 and the ensuing political crisis.

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jomama's picture

good.  this planet could use a good culling.

SafelyGraze's picture

we are shocked -- Shocked -- by this news

hugs,
billnmelinda 

Pure Evil's picture

Maybe we could import a few of the Madagascar rats to come over and do the job our rats won't do.

krispkritter's picture

 'do the job our rats won't do'  Are you referring to Congress?  I think they're doing a good job of killing off the US already...

knukles's picture

"No animals were harmed in the production of this Plague"

Least the PETA folks are happy....
Hey, can we get a selfie of the sick and dying?

nmewn's picture

So...I can't pencil you in for a modest donation of a hundred bucks to the Red Cross in this, charitable, holiday season?

Your kind donation could be the difference in those twenty deaths in Madagascar only being nineteen next year ;-)

(Administrative costs)

Pure Evil's picture

I already gave 500 million during the Haiti earthquake which somehow magically disappeared.

nmewn's picture

Magically disappeared?

"What does it matter now?"

"If we can save just one it will have been worth it!"

"Do it for the children."

All the garbage gets thrown in a pile to compost doesn't it? ;-)

kaiserhoff's picture

No shit, and it some places it's another tax.

I've seen people run out of Dodge for not contributing enough to United Way or whatever, so the big cheese can look like a player to some old society bag.  What a sick joke.

nmewn's picture

When I was young & dumb, I actually got sucked into the United Way theft ring. Then I discovered only one dime of every dollar got to where it was supposed to go.

A very valuable lesson in charity for one so young ;-)

General Decline's picture

Not by bullets or bombs but by little creatures we cannot even see.

Popo's picture

Sorry, but this is a bullshit story.

Yes, there is a very very real threat of a new superbug epidemic.

Yes, there is a very very real threat of a viral mutation (like bird flu) causing an epidemic.

No, bubonic plague does not pose a contemporary threat.

1) It is *easily* treatable by hundreds of antibiotics from different classes.
2) It is a slow-killer and only in remote areas with zero access to even cheap medicine is it a threat.
3) There is zero evidence of antibiotic resistance representing a threat. Even penicillin is still effective.

Nice try ZH. It's good fear mongering and makes for a good yarn, but Mr. Science seems to be pointing at you and laughing.

mirac's picture

 

no, your ignorant of the situation.  Black Plague struck during the Dark Ages killing millions.  So what caused the dark ages?  You know?  You don't know...most people don't.  Try cometary bombardment carrying foreign microbes.  It is impossible scientifically to spread any disease by rats over that large a geographic area as science claims.  Hell, today's  mutant MRSA and C Difficile strains cannot be stopped by conventional medicine, let alone the Black Plague.  Two thirds of bubonic plague victims die within 4 days and that is not necessarily the Black plague-that is speculation.  Things that may help if a widespread Black Plague occurs

Colloidial Silver (ASAP brand preferred), Wild Oregano Oil, Liposomal vitamin C, Liposomal curcummin and Black seed oil to name a few.  The rocks are incoming now-research it. Your life may depend. on it. 

Way too many smart ass comments from ZH participants while the situation is getting horrendously bad?  Live in the USA?  Still own a home with a mortgage?   Not good...

Peak Finance's picture

Wow this:

Try cometary bombardment carrying foreign microbes.  It is impossible scientifically to spread any disease by rats over that large a geographic area as science claims. 

Sounds kind of nutty actually. I will happily eat my words if you can provide some peer-reviewed refernces on this, I woud love to see the references!

Popo's picture

LOL.  And you call me ignorant?

First off:  " So what caused the dark ages? " ... It was not called "the Dark Ages" specifically because of the plague.  The name referred to a period of economic collapse, wars, famine and political instability following the fall of Rome and prior to the Renaissance.    Panspermia did not cause the Dark Ages. 

Secondly:  "your ignorant of the situation" is not a sentence.   "Your" (capitalization mine) is a possessive particle.

Thirdly:  The black death was spread from India via sailing ships.  And spread around Europe by people -- specifically merchants and traders.   Only at a local level were rats carriers.

Fourth:  Wild oregano oil?   Vitamin C?   You are a very primitive person.   it's an invasive bacteria.  It is cured by (and only by) antibiotics.   The cure is extremely simple and the reason we don't have plague epidemics in the modern world is due entirely to antibiotics and nothing else.  Your home remedies which literally date back to the middle ages can be conclusively proven *not* to work.

What situation is "getting horrendously bad".  The plauge??   Just out of curiosity are you currently stoned out of your mind?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Sorry,

The reason we don't have plague epidemics is primarily due to improving SANITATION not antibiotics. Antibiotics only deal with infected people, not prevention. Antibiotics are rapidly becoming worthless. If you have put your trust only in them your are foolish. You have been warned.

Miffed;-)

Popo's picture

LOL.  And you call me ignorant?

First off:  " So what caused the dark ages? " ... It was not called "the Dark Ages" specifically because of the plague.  The name referred to a period of economic collapse, wars, famine and political instability in Europe in the wake of the fall of Rome and prior to the Renaissance.    Panspermia did not cause the Dark Ages.    Panspermia also didn't bring the plauge to Earth -- as the DNA was sequenced in 1998 and it its evolutionary characteristics carefully studied.  The plauge has a long history among human kind dating back thousands of years.   It was the rise of the sea-borne trade to the far-East which brought the disease West, to a defenseless population which lacked genetic resistance.

Secondly:  "your ignorant of the situation" is not a sentence.   "Your" (capitalization mine) is a possessive particle.

Thirdly:  The black death was spread from India via sailing ships.  And spread around Europe by people -- specifically merchants and traders.   Only at a local level were rats carriers.

Fourth:  Wild oregano oil?   Vitamin C?   You are a very primitive person.   it's an invasive bacteria.  It is cured by (and only by) antibiotics.   The cure is extremely simple and the reason we don't have plague epidemics in the modern world is due entirely to antibiotics and nothing else.  Your home remedies which literally date back to the middle ages can be conclusively proven *not* to work.

What situation is "getting horrendously bad".  The plauge??   Just out of curiosity are you currently stoned out of your mind?

Headbanger's picture

Another WANKER!!  

WTF is going on with all these whackos showing up here like BLOTTO and the other psycho-babble-bullshit party members??

Too funny..  But these are average sheeple who believe this shit!

And I so hope the "rocks are incoming" and one of them obliterates you into a pink cloud to spare you the indignity of dying

from the Andromeda Strain you mook!

Things that go bump's picture

Antibiotic-resistant strains have been isolated in Madagascar. For the bubonic form of plague the mortatity rate with treatment is still 5% to 15%. Untreated it is 40% to 70%, possibly as high as 90%. The plague can go airborne in its pneumonic form, no longer requiring the insect vector or the rodent reservoir, spreading from person to person through respiratory droplets, much the way a cold is spread and the efficacy of antibiotics is limited unless treatment is started within 20 hours of symptom onset. Even with treatment, the mortality rate for the pneumonic form is 50% (due to the limited window of opportunity for effective treatment). Untreated, the mortality rate for the pneumonic form of plague approaches 100%. These figures are easily obtainable on the internet. 

kaiserhoff's picture

My kind of globalization.

When Hygiene matters most.

knukles's picture

SG, wondrous insights into Gates
I keep telling people to find his TED speech on YouTube (it's there) of some years ago dealing with population control, vaccines, etc.
And he and some of his PTB buds have even done some so far in Africa.

Criminal... 

Nice to not be alone in the recognition... even here there are deniers.

Pure Evil's picture

And, lets not forget Inida where his foundation is funding the sterlization of women.

knukles's picture

Yep.

Just real time, right in yer face, undeniable hard factual evidence of the agendas of the PTB....

And so many just ignore iot with "Oh, they wouldn't do that!" comments and look at'cha like you're a fucking Conspiracy Theorist, tin foil hatter who they think voted for Ron Paul.

Yep.

Ocean22's picture

Entity's are actively planning population control on many fronts.

kaiserhoff's picture

Hey knucks,  Bill Gates, his holier than thou wife, and Warren Buffet are gonna cure disease in Africa,

  and walk on water and shit.

  Got popcorn?

knukles's picture

Oh yeah, Kaiser... The actual multiple events to which I am referring each involved an NGO or governmental mass inoculation for something or other that sounded reasonable, holy, good and healthy.
But it turns out that the vaccines (like for polio or somethin') were "tainted" by "mistake" in "error" which nobody can account for or assume any responsibility, by laboratory manufactured chemicals known to render females sterile.
They were doped without their knowledge.

Now, I'll agree with many that population is a problem, but this is just too Orwellian, NWO, etc., for my liking.

Fact, I'd suggest, evil.
Biblically Evil

Rafferty's picture

Well if Gates is trying to control the African population he gets my vote.

What's not to like?

DanDaley's picture

Yes, and 2 of the strains of Y. Pestis on Madigascar are multiple-antibiotic resistant (http://aac.asm.org/content/50/10/3233.full).  Makes you wonder.

AngelEyes00's picture

The mistake they made in the middle ages was killing the rats, which sent the hostless parasite fleas on to people where they bit them and the people got sick from bacterium from the fleas guts.

So be nice to the rats.  Feed them, play with them, enjoy their company because those hosts are what stands between you and the black plague.

SolidSnake961's picture

quarantine the island, don't let anyone in or out!!!

earnyermoney's picture

I'd ship the Bernak to Madigascar in a NY minute.

Matt's picture

Once upon a time, someone considered shipping all of a race of people to Madagascar as a not-quite last solution.

papaswamp's picture

Agreed...humans have exceeded the holding capacity for the planet. Heck technology keep replacing workers...we need far fewer people now than previous.

 

People do not like reality.....

Dantzler's picture

I've got to call bullshit on the sensational clickbait headline, Tylers.

Yersinia pestis never went away. When I was in Boulder 20 years ago it was well known that the groundhog population there was a resevoir. Don't kiss groundhogs, people!

We should be far more worried about drug resistant tuberculosis.

But hey, anything for a few clicks on a slow news day...

I do miss Marla's pithy articles and evening sets.

 

 

 

monkeyboy's picture

Black Death would be an apt description for 'that' look Mrs Obama gave to Obama & the Danish PM for their 'inappropriate & indiscreet' selfie photo op.

 

Rafferty's picture

Quick.  Give the poor dears sanctuary in the West.

algol_dog's picture

Tyler really diggin deep here ...

What happens when all the bad news runs out?

Pure Evil's picture

Between Wall Street, the District of Criminals, the Federal Reserve, and Obamacare, we'll all be in stitches for decades.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

You gotta admit that it was pretty funny of Tyler to use a picture of Timmah Geithner with this article's entry on the main page.

papaswamp's picture

...meh always good to keep an eye on Ma nature. She can decide to exterminate most life on the planet if she chooses...has done it many times before. The Bubonic plague is rather tame compared to other events.

Notarocketscientist's picture

I dunno - global economic financial collapse?

Uh - people chopping down forests to keep warm?

Starvation on an unheard of scale because the fracking bubble will burst because nobody will have money to pay for energy - which will mean exploration ends - which will mean no crops are grown because they require petroleum based fertilizers and pesticides?

Riots?

The end of the world as we know it?

A mass culling of billions of humans?

The mass wiping out of every animal (including dogs) as starving people eat anything that moves?

etc etc etc

 

IridiumRebel's picture

Reason #4698 I moved out of the "Big City". 

LetThemEatRand's picture

The Black Death will seem like child's play if some of the dire predictions of widespread antibiotic immune bacteria come to pass.  There are a lot more of us now and at least back then people were kind of used to the idea of dying young from what are now easily treatable diseases.

Josh Randall's picture

No Worries, IBM has an app for that:

IBM Research and Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Convert Recycled Plastics into Disease Fighting Nanofibers

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ibm-research-institute-bioengineering-nano...

 

FredFlintstone's picture

Or some kind of bird flu or a SARS like virus pandemic. Could make getting to work easier.

mbarido's picture

Simple answer - colloidal silver (CS).  Bacteria does not become resistant to it!