In 1914, three men in New Orleans examine rats to determine if they are carrying bubonic plague. | Corbis

People in the US Still Die from Black Death

Regular cases of the Bubonic Plague spring up every year in the American southwest.

January 25, 2013
3:38 PM EST
The Oriental Rat Flea carries the bacterial infection that causes Bubonic Plague. An infected person typically dies within four days. | Dr. Arthur Siegelman/Visuals Unlimited/Corbis