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Bubonic Plague Kills a Teen in Central Asia — 160 Quarantined For Fear of an Outbreak

We thought the Bubonic Plague, or Black Death, was a thing of the past, but it looks like the disease that is thought to have killed millions of people in Europe in the 14th century is still a real threat.

Sadly, one teen in Kyrgyzstan has died from the Bubonic Plague, the Associated press reports, leading to four more being hospitalized and another 160 being quarantined. The teen is thought to have caught the plague after eating marmot meat.

According to National Geographic, the Bubonic Plague is passed from fleas to humans, where the disease erupts into painful buboes, or swollen lymph nodes, mainly in the neck, armpit, and groin areas. While this plague did run rampant in the Middle Ages, it is now treated successfully with antibiotics, but if left untreated, it can kill within four days.

While the sickness still exists in various parts of the world, the last known outbreak was recorded in 2006 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where at least 50 people died.

Source: AP, National Geographic

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08.28.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Emmalie Vance
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