F 1(A global map showing the distribution of the plague in 1998,
o World Heath Organization reports 1,000-3,000 cases of plague each year (CDC 2006)
o Outbreaks usually occurs in rural areas, like small towns and villages
· Continents reporting no cases of plague
§ Except the extreme southeastern parts
§ Last reported case was after World War II
· Continents reporting cases of plague
Last urban plague epidemic occurred in
§ Since last epidemic, cases are scattered and occur in rural areas (10-15 people/year)
Ø As of September 2006, there has been a suspected pneumonic plague outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The WHO has received reports of 1,174 likely cases, with 50 deaths. Tests are being run to verify this outbreak as the plague (WHO 2006).