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Westerners pay attention

Posted by goldielocks @ 3:14 on August 1, 2014  

Plague Is Still Out There

A man and his dog, who lived in an eastern Colorado county, both contracted pneumonic plague, a rare form of the plague that is also “the most life-threatening.”
The man’s dog died unexpectedly, and a necropsy concluded that the dog had died of pneumonic plague. The man was found to have the disease immediately afterwards, although no word has been given on the man’s condition.
Plague bacteria occurs naturally in the western areas of the United States, particularly in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California, and is usually found in rodents, most often prairie dogs, where fleas leave an infected host when it dies and find another host, to which the fleas transfer the disease.
Pneumonic plague is caused by the same bacteria that causes bubonic plague, but they infect a person’s lungs and are then transmitted through infectious droplets when the sick person coughs.
This is Colorado’s first human case in a decade, although 60 cases of pneumonic plague have been identified in Colorado since 1957, with nine fatalities.
Although plague is rarely found in humans, it “is severe and potentially life-threatening if not detected and quickly treated with common antibiotics,” says the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Apparently, they got to this man in time because he has now been on treatment long enough to no longer be infectious, and it looks as though he will be fine. The big thing now is to identify people he might have been around while he was infectious and start them on antibiotics, and try to figure out where and how he and his dog became infected.
In the meantime, three more people in Colorado, all of whom had been in contact with the man’s infected dog, have been diagnosed with the plague. But it appears these three people were caught early, while their symptoms were still mild, and are now no longer contagious after being treated with antibiotics. The Colorado public health veterinarian points out that, “We usually don’t see an outbreak like this related to the same source.”
Do as Dr. “B” says, folks, and store up some common antibiotics. The time is coming when there may be no doctors and no medical treatment available, and your stockpile may be the only thing available to save yours or your family’s life.
(www.foxnews.com, Thursday, July 10, Monday, July 21, 2014.)


PS Dusty, stop letting your pup chase those squirrels.

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