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A ground squirrel in Florida was infected with the bacteria that causes the plague.
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Ground Squirrel in California Tests Positive for Plague, Forces Closure of Campgrounds in Los Angeles

A dead squirrel found in Los Angeles County tested positive for bubonic plague, forcing the closure of all nearby campgrounds.

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(photo by Han S@Flickr)
(photo by Han S@Flickr)
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Did Other Planets Cause The Black Plague?

History books say the Bubonic Plague – the Black Death began sweeping across Asia, the Middle East and finally Europe beginning on this date in 1345 when Saturn, Jupiter and Mars all lined up in such an odd way that it affected Earth. That really wasn’t the cause but what is true is that 25-million people died as a result.

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A painting by E. Courbould depicting people praying for relief from the bubonic plague about 1350  (Getty Images)
A painting by E. Courbould depicting people praying for relief from the bubonic plague about 1350 (Getty Images)
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Dale’s Daily Data: Bubonic Plague

History books say the Bubonic Plague – the Black Death began sweeping across Asia, the Middle East and finally Europe in 1345 taking the lives of 25-million people. Middle Age scholars believed it all happened because Saturn, Jupiter and Mars all lined up in such an odd way that it affected Earth.
We know now the plague was caused by a bacteria carried by fleas that usually traveled on rats. When the rats died, the fleas jumped off to other mammals. The first sign of the plague was when people first complained of headaches, fever and chills. Their tongues often appeared a whitish color, followed by severe swelling of the lymph nodes. Finally, black and purple spots appeared on the skin and death often followed within a week.

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