Researchers identified early genetic diversification in the Justinianic Plague across Western Europe.
Current diagnostic approaches for Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis have limited sensitivity, are time-consuming, and require the use of skilled personnel in biosafety level 3 laboratories.
There are studies covering the transmission of Yersinia pestis through ingestion of tainted meat.
Researchers pinpointed exactly how the bacteria quickly gains the upper hand by watching the behavior of Yersinia pestis in lung slices.
The plague pops up across the globe in limited numbers. From 2010 through 2015, there were over 3,000 cases reported, with 584 deaths.
During the 20th century, an extensive plague-eradication effort was initiated to enable changes in land use in the former Soviet Union. Despite expending tremendous resources in its attempt to eradicate plague, the Soviets abandoned the goal of eradication in favor of plague control linked with developing basic knowledge of plague ecology.
From April 30 to May 2, emergency responders and public health agencies are rehearsing their response to a simulated bioterrorism attack unleashing Yersinia pestis in Portland, OR.
The New Mexico Department of Health has reported the first case of plague, this year, in Quay County. Health officials say a ranch dog was reported with the illness.
Two doses of the vaccine provided complete protection against both inhalational anthrax and pneumonic plague in animal models. Further, results establish the T4 nanoparticle as a novel platform to develop multivalent vaccines against pathogens of high public health significance.
Researchers determined that Tibetan sheep, who make up about one-third of China's total sheep population, carry plague and can transmit it to humans.