Jalopnik writer Raphael Orlove recently wrote a very interesting article about how the City almost broke out into bubonic plague in 1943 when plague carrying rats were found on a docked ship.
This is the story — kept secret at the time, still largely unreported today — of how the most infamous disease in history broke into New York City in the midst of World War II. This is the story of the ominously-named “Wyoming matter,” and how it took me months to track down evidence it ever happened.
The full article is a very interesting short read, and a great look at some scary NYC history.
via Foxtrot Alpha