On a hot September day in 1924, Jesus Lajun picked up a dead rat off his basement floor and tossed it into the trash. A few days later, he became deathly ill. Soon family members and other people in his neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, were coming down with the same illness. Within a month, they were all dead. Doctors who studied the blood of one victim were shocked by what they found. The cause of the sickness and death was plague-a disease that had wiped out millions of lives in Europe in the 1300s.
How did this killer disease reappear and start spreading again? Look inside to find out more about Jesus and other victims of plague. You'll also discover what causes the dangerous illness, how it affects the body, and-most important-how to protect yourself from it.
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