A town of about 30, 000 people in China was sealed off and 151 residents were quarantined after a man died of bubonic plague, AFP reported Tuesday. Consider these other scary maladies that still afflict people worldwide.
In Madagascar, about 500 people every year contract the plague.
The plague, a deadly bacterial infection, sometimes appears in unexpected places, including the United States, though it’s more common in Africa and Asia, reports the CDC.
But the plague isn’t the only resurgent disease humans once thought they had beat. Consider these other scary maladies that still afflict people worldwide.
A ribbons molecular model of Botulinum Toxin, commonly known as Botox. This protein produced by the botulism bacteria is highly neurotoxic. Yet it’s commonly used in cosmetic surgery.
The first new form of the botulinum toxin in more than 40 years was recently discovered by scientists. The toxin causes botulism, and is one of the most deadly poisons known. But they’re keeping mum about it because there’s no available treatment. Scientists fear the toxin could be used to create a powerful new biological weapon.
No one applauds the clap, but the disease seems to be coming back for an encore. The Centers for Disease Control warns that there is now only one drug, ceftriaxone, which is effective as a first treatment for the sexually transmitted gonorrhea.
Inhaling coal dust can lead to the deadly disease pneumoconiosis, known as black lung disease. It was once hoped that safety devices and filters would save miner’s lungs, but an investigation by National Public Radio and the Center for Public Integrity found that not only are the number of cases on the rise, but younger miners are being struck down by a faster progression of the disease.
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