A 16-year-old girl has been diagnosed with bubonic plague in Crook County, Oregon, the local health authority confirmed.
“The girl is believed to have acquired the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip near Heppner in Morrow County that started on October16. She reportedly fell ill on October 21 and was hospitalized in Bend on October 24. She is recovering in the hospital’s intensive care unit,” the official press release says.
The teenage patient is said to be recovering.
No other infected people have been reported so far.
Humans can catch plague from fleas that jump from infected rodents, such as squirrels, chipmunks or rats.
“Many people think of the plague as a disease of the past, but it’s still very much present in our environment, particularly among wildlife,” said Emilio DeBess, DVM, state public health veterinarian in the Public Health Division’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section.
Although the disease is extremely rare, since 1995 eight human cases have been diagnosed in Oregon.
Fifteen other human cases of the plague have been reported in the United States this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Four of the patients died.
In the US the plague usually occurs in rural and semi-rural western areas, most commonly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
Bubonic plague, estimated to have killed between 30 and 60 percent of the European population in the 14th century, can now be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if the disease is diagnosed in its early stages.
Symptoms include an overall feeling of sickness, sudden fever, swollen lymph nodes (most commonly in the neck and under the jaw), abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
Worldwide the average annual number of people diagnosed with plague is around 2.5 thousand, a number that shows no tendency to decline.
3 thoughts on “Teenage girl diagnosed with bubonic plague in Oregon”
I’m sure they will soon have a vaccine for that………I left Crook county 5 years ago…..no….that was Cook county (chitcago) oh well I guess they are all the same
This is just in the news to prepare people for whatever deadly plague (or combination of them) they decide to unleash on the US population. I’ll bet that it never even happened, unless they infected this poor girl with plague just to make the headline.
“Bubonic plague, estimated to have killed between 30 and 60 percent of the European population in the 14th century, can now be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if the disease is diagnosed in its early stages.”
yes, and it would have stayed buried in the 14th century if they didn’t exhume a plague victim and recreate the disease from his corpse, just so they could unleash it on us.
This will have a million idiots running to the doctor for plague antibiotics as soon as they sneeze, AND….if it turns out to be spreading quickly, (or if they infected a lot of people with it), they’ll be a vaccine.
And if they can scare enough idiots into believing this, they’ll have the political support needed to pass mandatory vaccination laws…. and THAT’s where the pandemic will come from; the vaccine.
“Although the disease is extremely rare, since 1995 eight human cases have been diagnosed in Oregon.”
May the odds be ever in my favor. 🙄