A squirrel has tested positive for the bubonic plague in the state of Colorado, marking the first case of the plague of the county. Health officials warn that the disease can spread to both to humans and animals, so necessary steps have to be taken.
This is not the only recent encounter with the disease, we already saw a small outbreak if the disease in China. While small outbreaks are occurring all over the globe now and then, it has made to list of re-emerging diseases as classified by the WHO. For now, people need not be in a panic situation as there are no human cases reported.
The plague, also termed as “black death,” caused millions of deaths back in the 15th century. However, now we do not have to worry as we have advancements in the field of antibiotics to protect us. We also should see that organisms are able to resist the antibiotics given to us. This may be of raising concerns this ability can give organisms the ability to cause the next pandemic. What the future holds is still a mystery? But what we know is that it lies in the hands of researchers and scientists to prevent the next pandemic.