Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Idaho boy diagnosed with plague

A case of the plague has emerged in Idaho — here's why the disturbing disease continues to re-appear Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague
Johnnie Parks | 16 June, 2018, 00:58

The child - from Elmore County, located between Twin Falls and Boise - is only the fifth person to be infected with the bacterial disease in Idaho since 1940, the Idaho State Journalreported. The department added that the child might have contracted the disease during a trip to OR, but it wasn't yet confirmed.

It is most commonly transmitted through fleas, which contract the disease from rodents.

The "Black Death" hits Idaho as a young boy gets diagnosed and health officials confirm it as the first human case there since 1992. Only eight cases of the disease have been confirmed in OR, and two in Idaho since 1990.

It is most notable for causing the Black Death in Europe in the 1300s, killing between 30 and 60 percent of the entire population of the continent at the time.

A recent study delved deeper into the history of the bubonic plague, discovering the earliest genomic evidence of the plague bacteria, according to Medical News Today.

When a child in Idaho had a spiking fever, his parents rushed him in to a health care provider this week and were surprised to learn that he had an unlikely case of the bubonic plague.

A warning issued by the Navajo County Health Department urged residents to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to the "serious disease, which can be present in fleas, rodents, rabbits and predators that feed upon these animals".

Human infection cases in the United States are relatively rare.

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Sarah Correll, an epidemiologist with the Central District Health Department, said in a statement that plague can be spread to humans when they are bitten by infected fleas.

Signs of plague include a high fever, chills, headache and swollen lymph nodes. No cases have been reported this year.

The CDC lists out further steps you can take if you're anxious about exposure, like wearing gloves when dealing with animals you think may be infected with the plague and reducing habitats suitable for rodents around your home and work.

How is plague spread to humans?

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- Keep fleas off your pets by applying flea-control products.

All pet food and water should be kept somewhere where wild animals or rodents can't have access.

Store hay, wood and compost piles as far as possible away from your home. In most cases, there is a painful swelling of the lymph node in the groin, armpit or neck areas. Cats with plague pneumonia can give it to people.

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