Married Couple Tests Positive for Plague That Is More Infectious Than The Dark Ages

At a hospital in China, a married couple was recently diagnosed with having the pneumonic plague. Both the husband and wife tested positive.

You've probably heard of the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the Dark Ages, known as the Black Death killing between 75-200 million people across Eurasia in the years 1347-1351; the pneumonic plague is actually more infectious and deadly.

If not treated immediately, this form of the plague is always fatal. By that I mean that you'll die within a few days if left untreated.

According to The Daily Wire,

The pair contracted the disease near their home in Inner Mongolia, making them the second such couple to have contracted the plague in that general region since May, when a Mongolian couple died from eating raw organ meat from an infected marmot, CNN reports. The husband contracted the disease first and was nursed by the wife until she also fell ill.

“Plague, caused by bacteria and transmitted through flea bites and infected animals, can develop in three different forms. Bubonic plague causes swollen lymph nodes, while septicemic plague infects the blood and pneumonic plague infects the lungs,” CNN continues. “Pneumonic — the kind the Chinese patients have — is more virulent and damaging. Left untreated, it is always fatal, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).”

I'm quite sure many people are unaware that this could even happen. How can the plague possibly show up in the world we live in today? However, not that medical technology has developed so much more than what it was 700 years ago, and because we now have antibiotics, we are in a much better position to treat plague than ever before.

Plague actually does show up from time to time. In fact, there were hundreds of cases of the pneumonic plague reported in Madagascar in 2017.