U.S. is only wealthy country with human plague cases

09/17/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The U.S. is 11th on a list of countries that still deal with human cases of plague. Fifty-seven cases were documented in a decade, in part because the disease is harbored by squirrels and prairie dogs in the Southwest. Dogs, previously thought to be resistant to plague, were the source of infection in some herdsmen in China, and camel meat exposed 83 people to plague in Afghanistan.

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