Rats were not the cause of bubonic plague it is the ‘yersinia pestis’ virus.
Tara Smith, an
epidemiologist at the University of Iowa and the deputy director of the University of Iowa Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, has an excellent summary of the debate on her epidemiological blog.
The Plague, for the record, is a simple bacteria, well understood, and pretty easily treatable with antibiotics.
Shadow of bubonic plague grows on Madagascar
Experts warn former French colony faces Black Death epidemic unless it slows spread of rodent-borne disease
A young boy carries a tank to collect water in Antananarivo in Madagascar. Malagasy officials announced last month that the city’s coffers were empty and there was no funding for rubbish collection. Refuse has been piling up, encouraging the growth of the rodent population. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images
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