The study found climate change could be a catalyst for plague

It seems that things are more moist plague be. A new study by Chinese and Norwegian scientists, seems to indicate a relationship between a more humid climate and plague outbreaks, according to LiveScience. As a result, the climate becomes more humid, the more likely that the plague may spread. Fortunately, the bacteria that causes the disease can be treated with antibiotics. Bacterium called Yersinia pestis, pursued by rodents, is responsible for three types: bubonic plague (also known as "Black Death"), septicemic and pneumonic plague. Together, these diseases were responsible for the deaths of millions of people worldwide, including an estimated third of the population of Europe in the Middle Ages. While modern antibiotics can effectively treat plague, thousands of cases are that each year, the World Health Organization, and the bacterium was identified as a potential biological warfare agents. The study looked at the historical data to determine the correlation between rainfall and the spread of disease. The team looked at the numbers of outbreaks in 1850 and 1964, when 1.6 million people fell ill, as well as 500 years of data from 120 people in China. This research falls largely in line with previous studies that claimed that climate change will reduce the outbreak of plague in the more arid areas, according to Reuters. In September 2008, the study said that as climate change creates drier climate in the western part of the U.S. cases were expected to decline. —Huffington Post

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