Recent Plague Death Caused By Dead Lion

Biologist Eric York was only 37-years old when he passed away last October from the plague. How did this epidemic, that killed most of Europe in the Middle Ages, turn up again in Arizona in the 21st century?

Scientists believe York found a dead mountain lion at Grand Canyon National Park and wanted to study its cause of death as it didn’t appear to show signs of trauma besides that of a bloody nose. Because the park lacks a forensic lab, Eric took the lion carcass to his garage and performed a postmortem. That’s when, epidemic experts believe, a cloud of  bacteria must have been released when he cut into the animal, thus unbeknownst to him inhaling the deadly toxins. Three days later, he was found motionless on the couch by his roommate. Link! (via USA Today)

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