PORTLAND, Oregon –
A 16-year-old girl has reportedly been diagnosed with a case of the Bubonic Plague, otherwise known as the Black Death. The Plague, which wiped out an estimated 50 million people in the 14th century, is commonly thought to have been eradicated, but the CDC warns that it is still very prevalent.
“We are investigating how this young girl contracted The Plague, but we believe it’s possible it was from a flea or tick bite,” said CDC spokesman Joanne Carl. “Although most people assume that The Black Death was wiped from existence ages ago, we are warning that it is still quite common to contract it, especially for those people who spend time in dense, wooded areas or around wildlife.”
The Plague, although less common than in ancient times thanks to modern medicine and hygiene, does not spread in quite the same ways, although flu-like symptoms are an early sign of infection.
“Often, death will occur within a weeks time, so when you are feeling sick, it is wise to get medical attention, especially if you notice any rash forming, or if you have spent time outdoors,” said Carl. “This year there have already been 15 reported and confirmed cases of Bubonic Plague, with 4 of them ending in death. We urge everyone to be extremely cautious, especially people who live in the Oregon, Washington, and Northern California areas.”