Plagued by Plague


Last week, reports that the plague killed forty Al Qaeda trainees at a camp in North Africa, while unsubstantiated, had us scratching our heads. Wasn't plague wiped out in the last century? Not quite. Turns out that a few thousand people per year are stricken with plague, and while modern hygiene prevents it from spreading the way it did in the past, it is no less deadly. Plague expert John Kelly joins Roger in the GOOD News studio.

The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time (John Kelly)

Is plague still a killer? (BBC)

Plague (Wikipedia)