NYC Rats Now Carrying Same Fleas That Spread Bubonic Plague: Gothamist

The good news is that researchers did not find any plague or typhus bacteria in the fleas they sampled. But come on, we all know it’s only a matter of time. “If these rats carry fleas that could transmit the plague to people, then the pathogen itself is the only piece missing from the transmission cycle,” says Matthew Frye, the lead author of the study.

via NYC Rats Now Carrying Same Fleas That Spread Bubonic Plague: Gothamist.

2 thoughts on “NYC Rats Now Carrying Same Fleas That Spread Bubonic Plague: Gothamist”

  1. Latest thinking in regard to the plague in this country long long ago…
    that it was not rats …but hamsters..grin
    where did I read that…can’t remember but I noted it!

  2. Saw that too, speculation and a way for “researchers” to get some notice. There have been several different types of plague some carried by rats some not, I guess. But rats giving to hamsters makes more sense – since rats are travelers and hitchhikers on ships

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