Idaho Child Diagnosed With Plague; Only 5th Human Case In State’s History
Idaho Child Diagnosed With Plague; Only 5th Human Case In State’s History
Elmore County child recovering from plague
14 June, 2018, 16:21
A child in Elmore County, Idaho, has been diagnosed with the plague, according to a statement by Central District Health in Idaho.
A child in Idaho is recovering after being struck with the plague, leaving many wondering how the plague exists in the 21st century.
Christine Myron, spokesperson for the Central District Health Department, said he is now recovering at home after a course of antibiotics at a local hospital.
Plague has been largely eradicated in North America, but is still found naturally in the western U.S.
The case serves as a reminder to recreationists in southern Idaho that plague is risky to people and pets, but with proper awareness, precautions, and prompt treatment when needed, plague should not discourage you from enjoying the Idaho outdoors.
Untreated, patients can develop pneumonic plague, the most serious form of the disease, which spreads from person to person when infected people cough tiny droplets into the air.
One of the ways to avoid the plague is to prevent contact with infected fleas by wearing repellent during activities such as camping, hiking, working outdoors.
That said, researchers previous year found traces of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium which causes the plague, among squirrels in Elmore County.
One of the oldest identifiable diseases known to man, the plague is still widely distributed in the warm parts of the world.
"Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea".
In the US, 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.
Common symptoms of plague in humans include sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, and weakness.
Don't feed rodents in campgrounds, picnic areas, or near your home.
- Keep fleas off your pets by applying flea-control products.
Most of the time, people are exposed to plague when they or their pets go near wild or dead animals carrying fleas that are hosts to Yersinia pestis bacteria. Since 1990, eight human cases have been confirmed in OR and two in Idaho.
Don't leave pet food and water where rodents or other wild animals can access them. Plague symptoms in cats and dogs are fever, lethargy and loss of appetite, with possible swelling in the lymph node under the jaw.
Plague can be a very severe disease in people, with a fatality rate of up to 60 percent.
CDHD says prompt diagnosis and appropriate antibiotic treatment can greatly reduce the risk of death in people and pets.
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