Conflict, planes falling from the sky, rebels taking hold in many countries, another plane vanishing - how much worse can it get; well hold onto your hat here comes the Bubonic Plague!
A man died in Yumen city, Gansu province, China, on July 16 and he died from the Plague.
Most of us in the west have heard of the plague or black death but then again most of us believe it is a disease of the past, but sadly it is not. The Black Death arrived in Britain in the middle ages, originating in China. In 1665 the great plague of London, England, gripped the city. It killed around 100,000 people, a large chunk of the population of London at that time. These days we know that the infection is carried by infected fleas, sometimes on rats. But in 1665 many causes were queried including rats. Not however their fleas.
London in many ways was saved by the Great Fire of London in 1666 that decimated some areas of the city.
Back to the 21st Century in Yumen City; the plague victim is believed to have been infected by a marmot, which is a large, squirrel-type rodent that lives in mountainous areas.
So hopefully it is not a case of - coming to a town or city near you - the Bubonic Plague, although according to BBC News "Madagascar recently recorded 60 deaths from plague".
151 people are under observation in Yumen City and some are in quarantine.
During the middle ages around 25 million people worldwide died from Bubonic Plague.
If caught in time "Plague can be treated with antibiotics such as streptomycin and tetracycline".