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Bubonic Plague Pictures: Setting Rat Traps

Photos of Bubonic Plague Infections and Transmission


Updated February 13, 2009

setting traps for rats

A man setting traps for rats during a plague study

Photo courtesy of the CDC
Millions of people in Europe died from bubonic plague in the Middle Ages, when homes and places of work were inhabited by flea-infested rats. The fleas carried the Yersinia pestis bacterium that causes bubonic plague.

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