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Russia Advising Travelers to Avoid US Due to Bubonic Plague

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | December 07, 2015

Russia Advising Travelers to Avoid US Due to Bubonic Plague

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As the holiday travel season approaches, the Russian Consumer Protection Agency has warned the country’s citizens to avoid traveling outside Russia during the 10-day New Year's holiday due to potential health risks. Not to alarm anyone, but it turns out we have a Bubonic Plague problem here in the United States.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Deputy Head of Rospotrebnadzor, Dr. Anna Popova, claims there were “10-15 cases of bubonic plague recorded this year,” making it necessary to avoid travel to America.

There is an average of around 10 cases of the bubonic plague in the U.S. ever year, according to, but other countries have much bigger issues with the same disease, including outbreaks in India, Indonesia and Algeria taking place over last 20 years.

In addition to the United States, Russian officials are advising citizens to avoid countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Thailand, as well as Europe. The report indicates travel to Europe could be hazardous because Syrian refugees being harbored in Europe are aiding in the potential spread of diseases and infection.

The plea from the Russian government is also reportedly part of a larger effort to get the country’s citizens to spend their vacations and money nationally instead of internationally, according to The AP.


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