Professor Kyle Harper, of the University of Oklahoma, said this “third plague pandemic” is proof the disease cannot be destroyed permanently.  Nearly 200 people have been killed in the devastating outbreak and there are mounting fears it will go global – potentially wiping out scores of people. It’s been described as the “worst outbreak in 50 years”, with medical professionals desperately working to

contain it. Professor Harper, who is the author of the book “The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease and the End of an Empire”, said the current outbreak is a threat to people “everywhere”. Writing in Project Syndicate, Professor Harper traces the history of the two major plague outbreaks, showing how they mutated and spread around the globe.  READ MORE