Article Review: Vol. 26: China: Hong Kong: Plague Rats

One of the more fascinating contemporary reads of medical literature does not take very long to read.  If you look up on JSTOR articles relating to the plague you will find a great many cases where monthly medical journals discussed the presence of plague rats in Hong Kong.  It is not that Hong Kong is itself a particularly problematic international actor, in contrast to say, China.  That said, during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the presence of plague-infected rats in Hong Kong was of considerable concern because of Hong Kong’s role as an important trade entrepot, where the plague that was found there would very easily spread around the Asia-Pacific world.  And so it was that month after month the presence of plague rats in Hong Kong is noted as a way of informing public health officials in areas like the West Coast of the United States and Canada that they would have to be on the lookout for the spread of the plague via ship-borne rats to their own shores.  The notes are short and to the point, and remind us that for a long while it has been a vital concern to know where the plague is and to do one’s best to keep it out.  Such concerns remain, as we see in our contemporary news.

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1 Response to Article Review: Vol. 26: China: Hong Kong: Plague Rats

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