Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

Rats in the News - Special Species Slander Supplement!

A case of bubonic plague has been diagnosed (and treated) in L.A. CNN was so anxious to work rats into the story that they wrote:

Bubonic plague is usually transmitted to humans from the bites of fleas infected by rodents.

Excuse me? The fleas are infected BY rodents? Rodents are not a vector for the plague (they die from it just like humans do), so the only possible interpretation of that sentence is that tiny parasitic rodents are clinging to the backs of giant biting fleas. Someone alert the Inquirer!

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