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A single bacterium of Yersinia pestis (red) -- the pathogen that causes the plague -- made its way from the site of a fleabite to the lymph node of a mouse without the help of a host cell. (Courtesy of the Miller lab.)

February 11, 2015

Bubonic Bottleneck: UNC scientists overturn dogma on the plague

The current outbreak of the plague in Madagascar shines a light on the need for new approaches to treat the ancient pathogen. A new UNC study unexpectedly unravels a long-held theory on how a fleabite leads to infection.

Epidemiology, Immunology, Research

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