“It was the first case of plague in New York City in over a hundred years.”

In 2002, Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, came down with the Bubonic Plague — the same bacterial infection that killed about one-third of Europe’s population in the Middle Ages.

Today, the plague is rare in the U.S., only a handful catch it each year and it’s mostly found in Southwest states — where Lucinda and John live.

They were bitten by fleas infected with plague near their home in New Mexico, and fell ill while vacationing in New York City.

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Recorded in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Music Info: Angelic Wolf by Ears from the album Sea Legs
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Anna Berlanga
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