Oh, bubonic plague. That’s nice.

China has apparently “sealed off” an entire city (Yumen) of 30,000 people, and put 151 of them in quarantine, after a man died of bubonic plague. It turns out that the plague still kills a whole bunch of people, mostly in the Congo region of Africa. Also, it turns out that 60 people in the West Bengal province of India have died over the past two weeks from encephalitis, which kills hundreds of people in India every year but doesn’t normally hit West Bengal like this.

I don’t really have a point here, except to say that between these two items, plus the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and Ukraine/Syria/Iraq/Gaza, we seem to have war and pestilence covered. And South Sudan looks like it’s on the verge of a famine, so, um…

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