Child in Idaho Has Plague

15 June, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Plague bacteria Yersinia pestis.                        Getty Images

An unidentified child in Idaho is recovering after receiving treatment for the plague.

The child, who has not been identified, is now back home after being treated with antibiotics and "doing well".

This most recent case marks the first human diagnosis in Idaho since 1992, but in recent years there have been outbreaks in the local squirrel population.

A child in Elmore County, Idaho, is in recovery after the contracting an infection of the Yersinia pestis bacteria - a disease so infamous that it is simply called the plague; though you may know it from its other memorable title, the Black Death. Plague has been found in wildlife in both states.

Human symptoms of plague usually appear within two to six days of contact and include fever, chills, headaches and often a swelling of lymph nodes under the armpit, the Central District Health Department said.

Plague has been found in wildlife in many western states.

'Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea.

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"The case serves as a reminder to recreationists in southern Idaho that plague is unsafe to people and pets, but with proper awareness, precautions, and prompt treatment when needed, plague should not discourage you from enjoying the Idaho outdoors".

Pneumonic plague, which is based in the lungs, "is the most virulent form of plague" and "can be fatal" when not diagnosed and treated early on, according to the WHO.

Plague is a bigger problem in places that have a harder time shutting down outbreaks due to a lack of infrastructure, humanitarian crises, or ongoing conflicts, according to the World Health Organization.

Since 2000, the CDC has received reports of one to 17 cases of the plague per year.

Although globally people are still diagnosed with the disease, it's much more rare than it was in the 14th century, when a bubonic plague swept across Europe with a shockingly high death toll.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the plague was first introduced in the U.S.in 1900 by rat-infested steamships.

In the USA, people can contract the plague when disposing of squirrels or mice that died from the infection or traveled to an area where infected animals live. It also can be transmitted to people by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, rabbits and pets.

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