Subways are usually places that gather all sorts of people that carry around all sorts of diseases, bacteria and viruses. But this new one isn’t new at all: new research shows that the NYC subways are found to be infested with the Bubonic plague. This particular disease has killed millions in the 14th century only in Europe, so the majestic return is a tragedy. To those who gave the information to the public, it is not a surprise, taking into consideration the rats that are found in such areas and how people come in contact with them and their habitat every day. More than 400 subways in NYC are resistant to the drugs and therefore, can cause disease, even if a lot of the microbes that are around the there don’t do any harm, stated the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Bubonic plague DNA, anthrax DNA and mystery DNA have been collected by scientists, in order to analyze them and see what kind of danger they can bring to people that use the subway several times a day, every day.
Dr. Christopher Mason, assistant professor of computational genomics at Weill Cornell Medical College, and the study’s senior investigator, said in a written statement that:
“Despite finding traces of pathogenic microbes, their presence isn’t substantial enough to pose a threat to human health. The presence of these microbes and the lack of reported medical cases is truly a testament to our body’s immune system, and our innate ability to continuously adapt to our environment.”
In order to help the healthcare professionals with a disease surveillance and long-term health management of the city, a “PathoMap” has been published in the Cell Systems journal. This particular map shows that low-levels of pathogens are typical of this subway, wet and cold environment. Scientists say that they have never seen this kind of pathogens in the cities, and that they have always expected to find them in the rural regions.
The microscopic life of the subways in New York has been swabbed more than 18 months in order for these problems to be found. Particularly, the bacteria hat can cause Bubonic plague has been found in a garbage bin and ticket machine in stations in uptown Manhattan. Also, Times Square has homes meningitis, and a trace of anthrax has been found on the handhold of a train car.
“The results do not suggest that plague or anthrax is prevalent, nor do they suggest that New York residents are at risk.”
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