Horrifying Black Death could return thanks to climate change, top doctor warns

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The bubonic plague is making a comeback due to climate change, a top doctor has warned in a Doomsday prediction.

Russia's top medic, Dr Anna Popova, warned of the threat posed by the Black Death, claiming its return was a "risk" to public health because of global warming.

She said: "We do see that the borders of plague hotspots have been changing with global warming and climate change, and other anthropogenic effects on the environment.

"We are aware that cases of plague in the world have been growing. This is one of the risks on today's agenda."

Up to 200 million people were killed by the plague – also known as the Black Death – in the 14th century.

It wiped out around 60% of Europe's population at the time.

Dr Popova says a rapid response to outbreaks in fleas was essential to stop the spread to humans.

Russia and China have seen outbreaks in recent years, as has the US.

Russia last year took major steps to stop the spread of the Black Death across its frontiers with Mongolia and China.

Tens of thousands of people were vaccinated in border areas in the Tuva and Altai republics of Siberia as the country simultaneously fought the Covid-19 pandemic.

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One outbreak was recorded on the Ukok plateau of the Altai Mountains in Russia – for the first time in more than 60 years.

The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF warned in August about the deadly disease's resurgence in Africa.

The bubonic plague is a bacterial disease spread by fleas living on wild rodents. It can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time.

The infamous Black Death outbreak, which lasted from 1346 to 1353, killed up to 200 million people.

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