Peru Hit by Bubonic Plague

Dozens infected in outbreak in northern province
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 2:00 AM CDT
Peruvian authorities warn that 40,000 people in Ascope province are at risk of infection.   (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

(Newser) – The disease that decimated much of Europe in the Middle Ages is alive and well in Peru, where health officials say an outbreak in the north has killed a 14-year-old boy and infected at least 30 other people. Twenty-five of the cases are bubonic plague, which is spread by fleas, and the others are pneumonic plague, spread through airborne contagion, the AP reports. The disease is curable with antibiotics if symptoms are detected early enough.

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