Erin Ross Jun 30
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There's no need to freak out about new plague cases

Rocky Mountain Laboratories / NIAID / NIH

Two new cases of plague were reported in New Mexico this week, bringing the total number of cases this year up to three. People on Twitter have blamed the infections on everything from "Obamacare" to biblical prophecy. It's been covered by virtually every media outlet (and now us, too).

The bottom line: Plague is a deadly illness that should be taken seriously — but scientists and public health officials say these cases are totally normal. The only thing unusual is how much attention they're getting.