Even long-conquered diseases can find ways to spread again.
Now one disturbing illness could be making a regrettable comeback.
Throughout history, the bubonic plague has resulted in the deaths of untold millions.
At the height of its devastation in the 14th century, it wiped out roughly one-third of the population of Europe.
The pandemic caused fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, gangrene, and death.
And it could be coming back in a big way.
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), there has been an average of seven cases per year in the United States in recent decades.
A recent confirmed case in Idaho marked the first occurrence in the state in a quarter-century.
Thankfully, modern medicine has significantly reduced the effects of the illness, but it still has a mortality rate of 1-15% if treated, and 40-60% if untreated.
While it’s still rare, there’s reason to believe incidents could be on the rise.
The bubonic plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, and it’s mainly spread by fleas from rodents and other small animals.
For example, fleas can carry the disease from rats to household pets, such as dogs.
Typhus fever is transmitted in a similar fashion, and Los Angeles has recently seen a huge outbreak of the illness that health officials said has reached “epidemic levels.”
The cause for the typhus outbreak—which could be a harbinger for a bubonic plague epidemic—is rampant homelessness.
The failure of leftist policies has caused tent cities to crop up all over metropolises on the west coast.
The tent cities have led to unsanitary conditions, which have brought about a surge in the rat population, which led to fleas spreading the disease to dogs and cats.
Leftist politicians believe it’s “compassionate” to let mentally ill people live in squalor on the streets like inhabitants of a third-world shantytown.
Since they refuse to put people in mental hospitals where they can get help, they flood the streets, particularly on the west coast because of the mild weather and lax policies.
The problem is exacerbated by these same politicians who won’t allow real estate developers to build more housing units.
With population grossly outpacing housing, left-wing politicians have created a housing shortage and put upward pressure on rental rates.
Homelessness has gotten so bad in San Francisco, there’s a phone app to alert people where human feces is around the city.
Be vigilant about keeping fleas off your pets.
It’s a good idea to have flea-control products handy, and don’t let your pets roam in potential epidemic areas.
Use gloves if handling any dead animals, and use repellent if exposed to rodent fleas for an extended period of time.
These big-government politicians continue to double down on the same failed policies.
Their only solution to problems is higher taxes, more redistribution, and more government regulation.
And sooner or later, the dam will break.
That’s why it’s important to be prepared for anything.