Plague

July 15, 2020 - 3:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has died in western Mongolia of bubonic plague, the country's national news agency reported. The Health Ministry said laboratory tests confirmed the teenager died of plague that he contracted from an infected marmot, according to the Montsame News Agency. The case...
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Jacquie Cadorette
July 14, 2020 - 9:42 pm
A squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague. Officials report that it is the first case of the plague in The Town of Morrison, southwest of Denver.
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July 06, 2020 - 5:56 am
BEIJING (AP) — While China appears to have reduced coronavirus cases to near zero, other infectious threats remain, with local health authorities announcing a suspected bubonic plague case in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Authorities in the Bayannur district raised the plague warning on...
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This combination of photos shows, from left, "The End of October," by Lawrence Wright, "The Red Lotus," by Chris Bohjalian and "Afterland" by Lauren Beukes. Novels coming out now and written before the coronavirus pandemic use plagues to explore everything from gender roles to our own failure to anticipate the worst. (Knopf, from left, Doubleday, Mulholland Books via AP)
March 22, 2020 - 8:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power. For her upcoming novel, “Afterland," she imagined a plot twist in which a disease wipes out virtually the entire male population. “I wanted to explore what a world...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, a young desert locust that has not yet grown wings is stuck in a spider's web on a thorny bush in the desert near Garowe, in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia. The desert locusts in this arid patch of northern Somalia look less ominous than the billion-member swarms infesting East Africa, but the hopping young locusts are the next wave in the outbreak that threatens more than 10 million people across the region with a severe hunger crisis. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
February 09, 2020 - 10:13 am
GAROWE, Somalia (AP) — At a glance, the desert locusts in this arid patch of northern Somalia look less ominous than the billion-member swarms infesting East Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years. But their time will come. Small and wingless, the hopping young locusts are...
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October 25, 2017 - 5:34 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in Madagascar say the death toll from a plague outbreak has reached 124 people as the disease for the first time affects the Indian Ocean island's two biggest cities. The nation's disaster risk management office says 1,192 cases have been identified. More than two-...
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October 19, 2017 - 4:33 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says the number of plague cases in Madagascar has almost doubled over the last five days and medical experts project the situation will worsen, with 1,000 cases expected every month if funds aren't rapidly provided. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters...
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October 13, 2017 - 5:33 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment center to Madagascar after 57 people have died of the disease. A statement Friday says 550 cases have been reported so far. Red Cross officials have said the...
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October 12, 2017 - 5:22 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in Seychelles say a man was diagnosed with pneumonic plague after returning from Madagascar, where a plague outbreak has killed dozens of people. The Seychelles News Agency reported Wednesday that the patient arrived on the main island of Mahe on an Air Seychelles...
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October 06, 2017 - 5:55 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Madagascar's Red Cross is stepping up efforts to stem a plague outbreak that has killed 30 people and spread into urban areas. Red Cross officials said Friday that the situation is particularly worrying because pneumonic plague, which is spread from person to person, has...
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