Skip to comments.2 more plague cases reported in New Mexico's Santa Fe County (Rodent-Fleas->Pets)
Posted on 06/27/2017 4:14:01 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
State public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad said plague can be present in fleas that infest wild rodents in Santa Fe County,
including within the city limits of Santa Fe and in other locations around New Mexico.
"Pets that are allowed to roam and hunt can bring infected fleas from dead rodents back into the home, putting you and your children at risk," he said.
Health workers are conducted environmental investigations around the homes of the three patients
to look for ongoing risk and to ensure the safety of the immediate family members and neighbors."
(Excerpt) Read more at kob.com ...
Antibiotics are now effective in treating the disease, but officials say without prompt treatment,
it can cause serious illness or death.
The CDC reports that hundreds of cases have been documented over the last century in the western United States,
typically in northern New Mexico, northwestern Arizona and southern Colorado.
In 2016, New Mexico had four human cases with no fatalities. Four cases were also reported in 2015 with one fatality."
New Mexico travel advisory (includes pets)
"You know, there's a lot of misunderstanding about rats.
The rodendus vermikitis as they're called in Latin.
It turns out our long tailed friend wasn't after all responsible
for the dreaded bubonic plague as alleged through history.
Yes, sir. It was caused by an animal called the bubon.
That's right, and the threat by the way is still with us.
So if anyone does see a bubon, contact your local authorities."
The Plague was unheard of until we started letting millions of people into the country from 3rd world hellholes.
I’d be a lot more worried about being exposed to Hantavirus than the plague. Hantavirus is a hemorrhagic disease, like Ebola, carried by some mice.
I knew a couple who had gone camping in the Four Corners region back in the 1990s. When they came back to SoCal the wife complained of feeling like she was coming down with the flu. After a day or so of feeling really bad she went to the doctor. But it wasn’t the flu, it was Hanta, and it killed her despite her being young and very physically fit.
Lived in Albuquerque between Sandia Base and Kirkland in the 50’s. There were always bubonic plague warnings in Spring and Summer. Baby Rabbits were always cited as carriers.
This is nothing new.
This is nothing new.
I am planning a camping trips to the Red River area and Taos this summer. What precautions sre advtsed?
The answer to this problem is STOP killing all the rattle snakes.
You get what you deserve.
Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.
The purpose of the Bring Out Your Dead ping list (formerly the Ebola ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.
So far the false positive rate is 100%.
At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the Bring Out Your Dead threads will miss the beginning entirely.
*sigh* Such is life, and death...
I just read where a few people this year in the Seattle area have died of Hantavirus - one gal recovered in the town where I live. Scary stuff.
The Chinese laborers imported for cheap labor brought in the Plague from China.
An American doctor detected the outbreak in San Fransisco’s Chinatown.
He reported it to the city, along with recommendations for quarantine and a rat catching program.
The San Fransisco city fathers and Governor Henry Gauge simply refused to believe that their was Plague in their fair city and state, and refused to do anything until it had already spread to the native ground squirrel population, and become uncontainable.
Any parallels you may wish to draw to, say, the AIDS epidemic are left as an exercise for the reader.
Wrong. The plague has been in the South-West for at least 3 decades. It’s now a treatable disease, so you don’t hear much about it.
“The modern pandemic began in southwest China in the latter part of the 19th century, and spread to Canton and Hong Kong by 1894. From Hong Kong the disease was carried by rats on ships to Calcutta and Bombay by 1896, and to San Francisco in 1899. It eventually reached every continent except Antarctica. The modern pandemic did not produce the tremendous mortality and social chaos associated with the previous two pandemics, but it did result in an expansion of the natural distribution of plague to include North America. It was also during this time that the etiologic agent of plague, the bacteria Yersinia pestis, was identified, and transmission by fleas was proven.
B. History of urban plague in the U.S. æ Plague was introduced into urban rat populations of several port cities around the turn of the century, including San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Galveston and Pensacola, resulting in hundreds of human plague cases. In most of these cities only domestic rat populations became infected; rat and flea control contained the disease and stopped its spread.
C. Establishment of natural plague foci in the U.S. æ Plague spread from domestic rats in the San Francisco Bay area to California ground squirrels and their fleas by 1908 and continued to spread through wild rodents, rabbits and carnivores throughout the West. Plague was first detected in New Mexico in prairie dogs from Catron County in 1938; plague has been detected in wild rodents and their fleas as far east as Central Kansas and Dallas, Texas.
D. Human plague in New Mexico æ The first three cases were reported in 1949; the total through 2007 is 255, of which 33 (13%) were fatal. Since 1970, slightly more than half of U.S. cases have been reported from New Mexico. Most of the remaining cases come from Arizona, Colorado and California. Although plague in wild animals or their fleas has been found in every New Mexico county except one (Hidalgo), 207 of 255 human cases (81%) have occurred in seven northern N.M. counties (Bernalillo, McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos).”
It is treatable, and local docs keep an eye out for it. The real danger is tourists who go home and get sick back east.
Correction to your correction. The plague was introduced to the United States via international trade in the 1890s. Infected rats on steamships were the carriers. The first documented human case showed up in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1900. After that, cases showed up in Seattle, Portland, Galveston, and New Orleans as traded expanded along the west coast and into the Gulf of Mexico.
The plague has been in the United States since the 1890s. It has nothing to do with illegals, and everything to do with infected rats coming off international trade ships at that time.
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