The bubonic plague could make a comeback, says Russia’s top medical doctor Dr. Anna Popova. She claimed the return of the deadly disease posed a “risk” to public health
The bubonic plague is making a comeback due to climate change, warns a top doctor in a doomsday forecast.
Russia’s top physician Dr. Anna Popova warned of the threat of the Black Death, claiming his return posed a “risk” to public health due to global warming.
She said, “We are seeing that the boundaries of the plague hotspots have changed with global warming and climate change, as well as other anthropogenic effects on the environment.
“We recognize that plague cases have increased worldwide. This is one of the risks that is on today’s agenda.”
Up to 200 million people died of the plague – also known as the Black Death – in the 14th century.
At that time around 60% of the European population was wiped out.
Dr. Popova says reacting quickly to fleas outbreaks was essential to stopping the spread of fleas on humans.
Russia and China have experienced outbreaks in recent years, as has the US.
Russia took important steps over the past year to stop the spread of the Black Death across its borders with Mongolia and China.
Tens of thousands of people were vaccinated in border areas in the Siberian republics of Tuva and Altai while the country was battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
An eruption was recorded on the Ukok Plateau of the Altai Mountains in Russia – for the first time in more than 60 years.
The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF warned of the resurgence of the deadly disease in Africa in August.
Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease transmitted by fleas that live on wild rodents. It can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in a timely manner.
The infamous Black Death outbreak, which lasted from 1346 to 1353, killed up to 200 million people.
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