In 1900, the Bubonic Plague Struck San Francisco

This infectious disease isn't just a relic of the medieval era.

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  • Marine Hospital Service workers tying tags on rats in San Francisco, c. 1907–1909.Photo Credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine via Science History Institute
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  • A fire set by public health officials burns in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

    Photo Credit: Chaminade University of Honolulu via Science History Institute
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  • Scientists perform autopsies on rats. This research ultimately helped curb the spread of the plague.

    Photo Credit: The National Library of Medicine/Centers for Disease Control via Nature science journal