by Reggie Noble on June 14, 2012

Black death is a bacterial infection of the bloodstream that’s responsible for killing some 25 million Europeans in the 14th Century. It’s the fifth such case reported in Oregon since 1995.

Treatment consists of hospitalization, antibiotics and medical isolation. The problem occurs when the disease goes untreated. The plague bacteria can multiply in the bloodstream. If the lungs are infected, the person gets the pneumonia form of the plague, creating problems in the respiratory system. Both types can be fatal, and about 1 in 7 cases in the U.S. end in death. On average, 10 to 20 people are diagnosed with the disease each year in the U.S., with worldwide rates reported at 1,000 to 3,000 cases a year.

Be careful out there, folks. The world is just one giant death trap.

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