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Bubonic Plague Could Return

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A similar form of bubonic plague to the Black Death could make an unwelcome reappearance on Earth, according to researchers.

 

Scientists studying the Plague of Justinian (AD 541–542), one of the most lethal pandemics in human history, which wiped out half of the world's population, extracted the teeth of two 1,500-year-old victims.

 

By doing so, they were able to trace the genetics of the ancient plague, concluding that the Justinian outbreak was caused by a different bacterial strain from that responsible for the later Black Death (AD 1348–50).

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/27/bubonic-plague-could-return_n_4677259.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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