Two cases of plague reported in China

Two cases of plague, the illness known for causing the Black Death, have been reported in China, CNN reports.

What we know: The two patients are from the Chinese province of inner Mongolia and were diagnosed by doctors in Beijing. Both individuals are receiving treatment in Beijing's Chaoyang District, where authorities say they've implemented control measures to prevent the infection's spread.

Rural Americans can't catch a break

Data: CDC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Preventable diseases are deadlier in rural America than in urban areas, a new CDC report says.

The big picture: More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and the system often works against them in nearly every dimension of care.