Oh, I’m sorry, was that supposed to be a rhetorical question?
My post title is the headline of an article at Inside Higher Ed (linked in the post title) about the recent outbreaks of mumps, whooping cough, and tuberculosis at college campuses. And as the second commenter at IHE points out, bubonic plague does indeed still exist (ETA: right here in the United States, in fact — see that commenter and also my first commenter below). I don’t have a link for this, but I remember hearing a story on NPR in the last year about miners in South Africa contracting it, and in some it developed from bubonic to pneumonic — and as I understand it, that’s where things can get really scary.
Just a friendly reminder that the past is with us.
Oh, and PS — Happy Halloween! Nothing like the threat of infectious diseases to make this holiday especially spooky!