Woman Has Rare Case of Bubonic Plague

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Apr 20, 2006.


  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    LOS ANGELES - A woman is in stable condition with bubonic plague, the first confirmed human case in Los Angeles County since 1984, health officials said Tuesday.



    The woman, who was not identified, was admitted to a hospital April 13 with a fever, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. A blood test confirmed the bacterial disease, and she was given antibiotics, officials said.

    Bubonic plague is not contagious, but if left untreated it can morph into pneumonic plague, which is. Bubonic plague is usually transmitted to humans from the bites of fleas infected by rodents.

    Health officials said they suspect the woman was exposed by fleas in her home and that there was no cause for alarm. An estimated 10 to 20 Americans contract plague each year, mostly in rural communities.

    Bubonic plague is believed to have been the "Black Death" that killed 25 million people in Europe between 1346 and 1351.
     
  2. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    :eek:
     
  3. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Nasty stuff man .
     
  4. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Let's hope they keep it at bay, so it doesn't transform [winkthumb]
     
  5. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    If it has to be here, that is a good place for it, out in kalifornia. [peep]
     
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Phoo. They'll just legislate it out of existance. All carriers and patients will be incarcerated for life. Aisels. [raspberry]
     
  7. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I can see the signs already. Bubonic Ban!
     
  8. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    :lol:
     
  9. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

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