Normally, we like to talk about the future around here. Sadly, the past is coming creeping back in as a man in Prineville, Oregon has a confirmed case of the bubonic plague, the very same one that knocked out one-third of Europe in the 14th century.
The man was reportedly bitten by a stray cat when taking a dead rodent from its mouth. Why he was doing this remains a bit of a mystery.
This is actually more common than most think: every year there's an average of seven cases in the United States. With modern medicine, especially advances in antibiotics, the mortality rate is down to 16 percent. Before World War II, it was riding at about 66 percent.
The plague comes from bacteria that lives in forests, semi-arid areas and grasslands, where rodents generally carry it.
So next time you see a stray cat with a rodent in its mouth, might be best to walk on by.
Via Yahoo! Health