Someone in Idaho Has the Bubonic Plague Right Now

CDCA graphic from the CDC shows the cycles of plague transmission in the United States

CDCA graphic from the CDC shows the cycles of plague transmission in the United States

The Central District Health Department in Idaho said that the diagnosis was confirmed this week.

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. However, it is not yet sure on whether the child got infected with the bacterial disease during his recent trip to OR or in Idaho.

Myron said human plague cases in the state are rare, with the most recent cases reported in 1991 and 1992.

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.

If not treated properly, though, it can lead to serious illness and death, according to the agency.

The plague has surfaced in other states in recent months.

Actually, the U.S. health officials reported that there are approximately seven plague cases in the United States, annually, the majority of which are caused by rodents and flea bites or direct contact with infected animals.

The CDHD says that the spread of plague to human hosts is rare, but is often naturally found in wild rodents such as squirrels. "Wear insect repellant, long trousers and socks when visiting plague-affected areas".


MailOnline reported that the plague infects around seven Americans a year and is generally treatable with antibiotic medication - at least this figure shows that it's generally under control.

People can greatly reduce their risk of becoming infected with plague by taking simple precautions, including avoiding contact with wild rodents, their fleas, and rodent carcasses.

How is plague spread to humans?

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Don't feed rodents in campgrounds, picnic areas, or near your home. In most cases, there's also a painful swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin, armpit and neck.

Use flea products on pets - check with a veterinarian for an appropriate product.

See your doctor if you have any unexplained illness involving a sudden and severe fever after being in a plague-endemic area.

In 2012, a man in OR was hospitalized for plague after he tried to pull a mouse out of his cat's mouth.

Clean up areas near your home where rodents can live, such as woodpiles, and put hay, wood, and compost piles as far as away as possible. In some cases, rapidly developing signs of pneumonia (shortness of breath, chest pain, cough) can occur.

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