The Black Plague - It’s not ancient history as you might think. This rare disease from Medieval times, responsible for nearly wiping out entire populations in regions of Europe, is still showing up. A man in Oregon is recovering from the deadly disease. But could it happen here?
It’s hard to look at - the blackened, swollen hands of Paul Gaylord, recovering in a Bend, Oregon hospital from the Black Plague.
When Gaylord was trying to rescue his cat - choking on a dead mouse - the frightened cat bit him. Days later he was diagnosed with the Black Plague, a disease that devastated Europe in the 1300s. Sources say it killed hundreds of millions of people.
Stacy Lovelace – Epidemiologist ND Department of Health: “The average in the US is 7 cases a year.
Last time you’ve likely heard about the Black Plague was in high school or college textbooks while studying the middle ages. Images show massive amounts of people dying from the disease. Now, people say it’s shocking to hear of something like this happening in the 21st Century.”
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