Bubonic plague, it turns out, is not entombed in the past.
The same horror that killed tens of millions throughout Europe during the 14th century now has trapped 30,000 people in the Chinese city of Yumen.
Yumen has been sealed off from the rest of the country because a 38-year-old died from bubonic plague contracted from contact with a dead marmot.
Bubonic plague, not so affectionately nicknamed the Black Death, is a virulent bacterial infection.
Fortunately we now have antibiotics that can effectively treat the disease if administered in a timely fashion.
Which hopefully keeps The Grim Reaper from poaching the Yumen populace.