In history class, you probably spent a good chunk of time covering the spread of the Black Death across Europe during the Middle Ages.
And with our news stations covering indictments, tax reform, and the latest happenings with the Kardashians, chances are you totally missed out on the fact that the very virus that killed over 60 percent of Europe and Eastern Asia in the 14th century has made a resurgence all across Madagascar.
While the country of Madagascar experiences a few rare diagnoses of the Black Death every year, none of these incidents have been as widespread or as deadly as the most recent outbreak. With reported cases of the Black Death dating back to August, this newest outbreak has infected over 1,100 people and has killed 124. What separates this particular outbreak from those in years past is that nearly 67 percent of the diagnosed cases are considered pneumonic, which is the most serious form of the plague, as it is passed from human to human rather than from rodent to human.