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Yes, you can still get the bubonic plague. Here's what to look out for.

It's less terrifying than you might think.
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The famous "Danse macabre" from the Dance of Death by Michael Wolgemut, published in 1493

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“Bubonic” is almost onomatopoeic. It sounds bulbous and grotesque and ancient. It sounds like something your great great grandmother might have contracted as a child, along with “the consumption.” So when headlines proclaim that the bubonic plague is alive in Arizona (or New Mexico, or wherever) it feels like some archaic monster has risen from the grave.

The reality is that it never actually died.

Bubonic plague lives on

The has infected at.

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