We're kind of news media junkies here at Glittarazzi HQ.
It obviously goes with the territory.
So, you can believe us when we say that we're always at the forefront of the latest media scare-fest trend. Bath-salt fueled cannibal zombies, shark attacks, trans fatty acids -- we were living in fear of all those before you even knew what they were.
And now, we're adding the bubonic plague to the list.
That's right, the Black Death, which killed between 30% to 60% of people Europe in the 14th century, is back. Or, at least, it's popping in for a quick visit to Oregon.
That's where a man in his 50s is currently fighting for his life in the hospital with plague symptoms. The man apparently was bitten when trying to stop a stray cat in his neighborhood from eating a rat on June 2 -- and, by June 8, he had to check himself into the hospital.
This is the fifth person to be infected with the bubonic plague in Oregon since 1995, though the last four did survive. Since 1934, four people in the state have died from it. All lived in rural areas, but health officials warn that people living in urban areas are also susceptible. (Oh, good.)
There is a vaccine for the bubonic plague, but it isn't sold in the USA.
And that makes us feel so much better.
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