Plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats

Oriental rat fleas, the same vermin that were responsible for transmitting the Bubonic Plague throughout Europe in the 14th century, have been found in New York City’s rat population, according to new research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

“If these rats carry fleas that could transmit the plague to people, then the pathogen […]

Confirmed: NYC rats carry nasty pathogens

Referred to as a “recipe for a public health nightmare,” researchers from Columbia University recently discovered that some rats studied in New York City contain a variety of viruses and other pathogens— including those that cause foodborne illness in humans, others never seen before in New York, and some that are new toscience altogether.

According […]