Ask Smithsonian: How Did the Plague Kill So Many? Could It Happen Again?

The plague’s deadliest outbreak was in the 1300s – but is it gone for good? In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian Host, Eric Schulze, explains what causes the plague and what we are doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again. (1:20)

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