Friday, November 6, 2009

China seals off Ziketan, pneumonic plague town

The lung disease is caused by the same bacterium as bubonic plague. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is the most virulent and least common form of plague, capable of killing sufferers within 24 hours of infection. It spreads through the air and can be passed from person to person by coughing.
The Bubonic Plague killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages.

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