Canadian Scientists Ask: Could Bubonic Plague Strike Again?

Canadian Scientists Ask: Could Bubonic Plague Strike Again?

Scientists from the McMaster University (MMU) in Canada have discovered the Justinian Plague (JP) and the Black Death (BD) were derived from distinct strains of the Yersinia pestis bacterium.

The team of researchers compared 12 skeletons from a Bavarian cemetery and uncovered the YPB in low levels of teeth tested.

Hendrik Poinar, lead author of the study and professor at MMU, explained that regardless of the fact that this research cannot be 100% conclusive, it is their educated opinion that the YPB was present in the teeth of these people buried in the cemetery and these findings are “backed up by similar elements of the bacteria that were discovered in a mass grave of victims from the 1348 bubonic plague in London.”

The bubonic plague “making” DNA material was found by the team. This bacterium is supposed to travel with small rodents and fleas.

The concern of the scientists is whether or not this strain of plague could strike again.

In 2013, the International Committee of the Red Cross is warning that 20 residents in a village in Madagascar have died due to an outbreak of the bubonic plague.

Other media reports state that 39 people have succumbed to the Black Death.

The Health Ministry for the government stated: “There is an epidemic in Madagascar which is currently affecting five districts (out of 112). Eighty-six people have been inflicted by the plague, of which 39 have died.”

A doctor for the Health Ministry told the press that “90 percent of the cases were pneumonic plague, apparently much more vicious than the common bubonic plague that can kill in three days.”

And still more reports asserted that the death toll had risen to 42 citizens.

This infection is identified as the “pneumonic plague [which] is rarer but far more vicious than the bubonic kind, as it gives little time for antibiotics to act.”

An officer from the World Health Organization (WHO) said that “the situation is changing every moment but the latest data recorded 42 deaths in 5 districts. Forty-three cases were recorded in Mandritsara, northeast of the country, 21 of them died while 22 are currently being healing. Some of the cases in Mandritsara run away to Soanierana Ivongo, east of the country and created 17 new cases but 9 of them died.”

Referred to as a “plague epidemic”, WHO has begun sounding an “early warning and rapid riposte.”

Interestingly, according to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Factbook , Madagascar is rich in natural resources such as:

• Graphite
• Chromite
• Coal
• Tar sands
• Hydropower
• Petroleum

In 2000, the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explained how the pneumonic plague could be used as a terrorist weapon.

WHO statistical data claims that “approximately 1000/3000 cases per year of the plague, [are] distributed mostly between Africa, South America and Asia.”

Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel

Chief Editor | Investigative Journalist

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