People don’t die of the Black Plague in the 21st century — except when they do. And the disease won’t be going away any time soon.
Earlier this month, a high school student in Colorado died of the disease. On average, seven people in the U.S. catch the plague every year; some years, it’s only one, and in other years, it’s as many as 17. Worldwide, the plague strikes about 2,000 people every year, and about 10% of them will die. That’s quite a step down for the disease that killed nearly a third of the population of Medieval Europe in its heyday. But why hasn’t the plague faded quietly into the history books?
Lest we forget the story of WHO wanting to announce that malaria had been eradicated. But the press release couldn’t happen, because the speaker came ill …with malaria. 😉