The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City Back in 1943

The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City
The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City
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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.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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