New Plague case in Oregon

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by tulianr, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Man likely sickened by plague in critical condition in Bend |

    A man hospitalized in Bend is likely suffering from the plague, marking the fifth case in Oregon since 1995.

    The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, fell ill several days after being bitten while trying to get a mouse away from a stray cat. The man is now being treated at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was listed in critical condition on Tuesday.

    The Black Death raged through Europe during the Middle Ages, killing about a third of the population. Today, the disease is rare, but the bacteria have never disappeared.

    There's one bacterium that causes the disease -- Yersinia pestis -- but it can develop into three types of illnesses depending on how an individual's body reacts. Initially, the man had swollen lymph nodes -- a sign of bubonic plague -- but now he's showing signs of septicemic plague, when the bacteria multiply in the bloodstream. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bleeding mouth, nose or rectum and dying tissue. The third type is pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs.

    DeBess said it's not clear whether the man was bitten by the mouse or by the cat. The feline died, and its body has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.

    "Taking a mouse out of a cat's mouth is probably not a good idea," DeBess said.

    DeBess said Oregon has a record of plague cases dating to 1934, with about a case a year and some periods when no cases appear. The prevalence of the disease depends in part on the weather and food supplies. When rodents flourish, so do fleas. That increases the likelihood of infection.


    A plague vaccine exists but is no longer sold in the U.S.

    Everyone in Oregon who has fallen ill with the plague since 1934 has lived in a rural setting. But people in urban areas can become infected, too, health officials said.

    DeBess said people should be cautious around strays and should not handle wild animals. For example, Northern California has suffered waves of squirrel deaths caused by the plague.
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Same area:
    16 cases of hantavirus confirmed in Oregon between 1993 and 2011. (y)

    Mostly all California transplants anymore in the lower SW-Central Oregon now days. Could be a piggy backer virus
  3. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    I'll make a note to cross that section of Oregon off of my "must visit" list.
  4. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    That would be a good idea for more than one reason.:oops:
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  5. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Alot of this has been said to come to pass for years, just a lot of people are just starting to see and now it's to late.

    Revelation 6:8
    And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

    Revelation 6:8
    I looked, and there was a pale horse, and its rider's name was Death. Hell followed him. They were given power over one-fourth of the earth to kill people using wars, famines, plagues, and the wild animals on the earth.

    Jeremiah 14:12
    Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague."

    Jeremiah 24:10 I will send the sword, famine and plague against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their fathers.'"

    Ezekiel 5:17 I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshed will sweep through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I the LORD have spoken."

    Ezekiel 14:21 "For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments--sword and famine and wild beasts and plague--to kill its men and their animals!
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  6. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    If you do, tulinar, you will be missing some of the prettiest Country in the whole State of Oregon. That stretch of road thru the Blue Mountains, is one of my favorite places to travel. ..... YMMV.....

    PS: [alllies]Quig lives on the west end of that country.... He just doesn't like visitors...
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  7. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I live North East from there.(y)
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  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Sorry Quig, got Bend & Baker City confused..... My Apologies.....[bow]
  9. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Okay, but I'll drive really fast, with the windows rolled up.
  10. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Better make Off part of that Bug Out Bag...
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  11. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Man shouldn't interfere with the problems between cats and mice.
  12. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    I'm supposed to be in Bend for a convention next Saturday...

    (makes a note to get flea repellent)

  13. TomTurk

    TomTurk Monkey

    Either way, wouldn't common sense keep it at the point of, "don't touch the animals eating each other."
  14. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Neighbor I do odd jobs for, wife got a BAD case of pneumonia couple months ago, doctors couldn't find an antibiotic for a few days that would work(they couldn't give her something to just boost her immune system to fight it off herself, oooooooooooh no, can't do that!), and now he got some nasty boil/wart things on his foot and doctor gave him antibiotics cause they're treating it as skin infection. With the wife the doctor(s) blamed the pneumonia on chigger bites, now they're blaming his foot problem for that too. I looked up chiggers, and what I found said that chiggers don't themselves carry diseases(like mosquitoes), it's the itching they cause that does, because you scratch so much you leave open wounds which then get infected. Well a chigger in Asia does carry a disease, but that's it. And chiggers DO NOT BURROW! They insert 'feeding tubes' into the skin. So putting alcohol and the like on them to 'suffocate' them doesn't help. You use anti-itch cream so you don't hurt yourself. And wash with soap/water. I kinda feel sorry for my neighbors, because anything the doctors tell them, they believe it. And yes, the only news channel they watch is MSNBC.
  15. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    VHestin,in my neck of the woods,we put clear nail polish on chiggers to kill them.Works every time.
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  16. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

  17. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

  18. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

  19. IndieMama

    IndieMama Monkey+++

    Hey, now! I love Southern Oregon.
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