New York Is Abuzz About Rats, Fleas and Plague ... But Don't Panic

March 3, 2015 7:33 PM

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Two scientific surveys of New York City's seamy side have turned up enough evidence of past and present pests to kick a hypochondriac into high gear — including rats with an unhealthy number of the fleas that could carry bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, plus DNA traces of potential plague bacteria in New York's subway system.

But the biggest plague could well be the tendency to overhype common-sensical findings about the pathogens that surround us.

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