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A 7-Year-Old Girl Caught Bubonic Plague On A Camping Trip
TBI ^ | Allison Jackson

Posted on 09/09/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT by blam

A 7-Year-Old Girl Caught Bubonic Plague On A Camping Trip

Allison Jackson, GlobalPost
Sep. 8, 2012, 3:03 PM

A seven-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after contracting the bubonic plague during a family camping trip in southwest Colorado.

Sierra Jane Downing became sick a few days after the outing in Pagosa Springs.

Her parents Darcy and Sean thought she had the flu until she started having seizures, the Associated Press reported.

They rushed her to hospital where doctors eventually diagnosed the bubonic plague—the first confirmed case of the deadly disease in Colorado since 2006.

"I didn't know what was going on. I just reacted," Sean Downing was quoted by the AP as saying.

"I thought she died."

CBS Denver reported that Downing was moved out of the intensive care unit on Monday.

"I had never seen it," Jennifer Snow, one of the treating doctors, was quoted as saying.

"You learn about it in medical school during microbiology, but I had never seen a case of it before.

“If she would have stayed at home she could have easily died within 24 to 48 hours."

Doctors believe Downing contracted the Black Death from infected fleas near a dead squirrel, 9 News reported.

The bubonic plague wiped out nearly one-third of Europe during the 14th century, but is now easily treated with antibiotics.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bubonic; disease; fleas; plague

1 posted on 09/09/2012 7:38:57 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
This is not surprising news. There has always been plague in New Mexico.
2 posted on 09/09/2012 7:42:05 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam

Poor little girl! The article states she was moved out of intensive care so I am hoping that is a good sign. I can’t imagine what her parents are going through. If a doctor told me that one of my babies had the Bubonic Plague... I think I’d collapse right there and then.


3 posted on 09/09/2012 7:42:43 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

At least it’s now treatable.


4 posted on 09/09/2012 7:45:37 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Ditter
"This is not surprising news. There has always been plague in New Mexico. "

Yup...along with Hanta Virus, etc.

5 posted on 09/09/2012 7:47:42 AM PDT by blam
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To: mkmensinger

Thank goodness for that! I guess my response would be extreme after watching the History Channel... all the deaths and what a horrible way to die.


6 posted on 09/09/2012 7:51:35 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Ditter

**There has always been plague in New Mexico. ***

It’s has been called Democrats.

Oh wait! Different plague!


7 posted on 09/09/2012 7:58:29 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: blam

CO needs to become more like South Dakota and Wyoming and shoot more prairie dogs.


8 posted on 09/09/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT by 03A3
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To: Bride Of Old Sarge

Health Crisis PING


9 posted on 09/09/2012 8:10:55 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: mkmensinger

I read an interesting article several years ago that made a convincing argument that Yersinia pestis (bubonic plague) was not the organism responsible for “the black death” in Europe. I wish I could find it.


10 posted on 09/09/2012 8:14:05 AM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: blam
A good thing to note, all of the dangerous plagues that are of a bacterial origin, respond to doxycycline. Yersinia, Anthrax, Francisella, Coxiella, and all of the tick borne rickettsiae and related organisms all respond to doxy. Doxy is a good drug to have for preppers.
11 posted on 09/09/2012 8:24:47 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: outofstyle

Syphilis is suspected to be one of the plagues that coincided with the Black Death.


12 posted on 09/09/2012 8:26:25 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: 03A3

When I lived in Colorado in the early 90’s they publicly encouraged killing prarie dogs because they carried the plague. Sounds like that program may have ended.


13 posted on 09/09/2012 8:28:24 AM PDT by RainMan (After 4 years of Hope and Change America needs a little R&R)
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To: blam

“ashes ashes we all fall down”


14 posted on 09/09/2012 8:30:24 AM PDT by tongass kid
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To: Ditter
This is not surprising news. There has always been plague in New Mexico.

Their has always been plague in the 4 corners area, all 4 states see the plague on a cyclic basis. If that one doctor practices in Colorado long enough this won't be the last case of the plague she sees. Normally the Prairie Dogs are the ones who carry it, they seem to go dormant for years and then their will be an out break. Usually the Indians, mainly remote living Navahos, are the ones who come down with it.

15 posted on 09/09/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

Correction on post 15, “and then their” should actually read “and then there”.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 8:44:08 AM PDT by calex59
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To: blam

She was lucky not to have caught Hanta virus. That is 30% fatal.


17 posted on 09/09/2012 8:44:08 AM PDT by matthew fuller (Obama- If you get re-elected, who are you gonna blame for the mess you will inherit?)
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To: blam

Hanta Virus has already killed two people that stayed in the tent cabins in Yosemite Nat’l Park this Summer. Many more may be infected.


18 posted on 09/09/2012 8:48:52 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: vetvetdoug

Many years ago before Mexico turned into the cesspool it is now we used to go there twice a year. About a week before we would leave one of us would go to the doc and get doxicyclene. It will keep you from getting tourista too. Most docs will prescribe it for that if you ask.


19 posted on 09/09/2012 8:49:18 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Inyo-Mono

Now it’s three who have died from Hanta virus in Yosemite. And there are people all over the world now ill with it from traveling this summer to Yosemite.


20 posted on 09/09/2012 8:53:01 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle
The bubonic plague wiped out nearly one-third of Europe during the 14th century, but is now easily treated with antibiotics. (from top article)

Until the germs become resistant, as in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Even in 1958 when my wife and I had it, penicillin wouldn't stop it -- it took tetracycline.

Now it’s three who have died from Hanta virus in Yosemite. And there are people all over the world now ill with it from traveling this summer to Yosemite.

What treatment for this virus (not stopped by antibiotics)?

21 posted on 09/09/2012 9:26:53 AM PDT by imardmd1 (Look under the rocks -- the varmints are there --)
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To: blam
A few years ago, my neighbor hosted his nephew from Morocco so the nephew could attend college.
Shortly after arriving the nephew was diagnosed w/ TB along with my neighbor's 10 y/o son.
22 posted on 09/09/2012 9:34:03 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: blam

>>Doctors believe Downing contracted the Black Death from infected fleas near a dead squirrel, 9 News reported.<<

Children shouldn’t play with dead things.


23 posted on 09/09/2012 9:34:15 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: vetvetdoug
" Doxy is a good drug to have for preppers."

I agree 100% and already have a sizeable stash of it. (I keep it cool, dark and dry and expect it to still be good after fifteen years)

24 posted on 09/09/2012 10:52:21 AM PDT by blam
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To: sheana
" Most docs will prescribe it for that if you ask. "

I don't bother the doctor any more, I get mine here.

25 posted on 09/09/2012 10:56:35 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam; vetvetdoug

With time, probably much less than the 15 years you are planning, tetracyclines like doxycyline degrade into toxic products. In rare cases, expired tetracylines can cause Fanconi syndrome, renal failure and, potentially, death.

Doxycyline is safer than other tetracycline in this regard, but the potential for renal damage from expired Doxycycline is something to consider when intentionally using 15 year old antibiotics.

Just buy some new stuff every now and then, already, so you don’t have to rely on 15 year old antibiotics when the time comes!


26 posted on 09/09/2012 11:09:35 AM PDT by Jubal Harshaw
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To: Jubal Harshaw
A Doctor's Thoughts on Antibiotics, Expiration Dates, and TEOTWAWKI, by Dr. Bones

"Studies performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that 90% of medications tested were perfectly fine to use 8-to-15 years after the expiration date. There was apparently no danger in the grand majority of cases. The FDA tested more than 100 medications, both prescription and non-prescription, and continues to study the issue today. The exceptions were mostly in liquid form (antibiotics included, but also insulin, nitroglycerine and some others). What is true is that the potency of an antibiotic could possibly decrease over time, so it is important that your medication cache is in a cool, dry place if at all possible. Refrigeration is an excellent method to maintain the full potency of many drugs."

27 posted on 09/09/2012 11:15:49 AM PDT by blam
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To: outofstyle
From here:

"There is a lot of evidence that suggests that Yersinia pestis may not have been the causative agent for the Black Death, and it was likely something else, and something else that is out there right now," said Brian Bossak, an environmental health scientist at Georgia Southern University.

He is among those who suspect a hemorrhagic virus — which causes bleeding and fever, like ebola — swept through 14th-century Europe. The high lethality, rapid transmission and periodic resurgences seen in the Black Death are characteristic of a virus, according to Bossak, who frames this as a question in urgent need of resolution.

28 posted on 09/09/2012 11:27:36 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: blam
Thanks for a link to the reference you were reading. Please allow me to point out that that same reference includes this line:

NOTE: It should be emphasized that FISH-CYCLINE [and other tetracycline antibiotics of various names] can become toxic after its expiration date, unlike most of the other medications listed.

Doxycyline is a tetracyline antibiotic.

You are, of course, free to consume whatever 15 year old batch of chemicals you have, for whatever reason you want. Just be aware that there may be risks to consuming that 15 year old batch. Those risks may include death, though that would be very rare. Those risks can be lessened by spending $4.00 to get a new, undegraded, more pure batch for your consumption. Just something to consider.
29 posted on 09/09/2012 11:40:47 AM PDT by Jubal Harshaw
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To: blam

30 posted on 09/09/2012 11:43:14 AM PDT by BlueDragon (going to change my name to "Nobody" then run for elective office)
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To: blam

Striped ground squirrels all over the Sierra Nevada have been diagnosed with bubonic plague. There are millions of the little pesky things. They make tunnels the Viet Cong would be proud of.

There are warning signs everywhere to NOT touch them or try to pick one up or to try to feed one.


31 posted on 09/09/2012 12:15:56 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Jubal Harshaw
"Those risks can be lessened by spending $4.00 to get a new, undegraded, more pure batch for your consumption. Just something to consider. "

Thanks.

Good advice and easy to heed.

32 posted on 09/09/2012 2:21:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: Ditter
This is not surprising news. There has always been plague in New Mexico.
AND northern Arizona plus southern Utah.
33 posted on 09/09/2012 3:11:30 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan muzzy bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: calex59

Oops-should have read all the posts....bad here.


34 posted on 09/09/2012 3:14:12 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan muzzy bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks for that link!


35 posted on 09/09/2012 3:56:06 PM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: blam; Jubal Harshaw
I keep a bottle of around 500 100mg doxycycline tablets back and when it gets within a year of the expiration I just use it and replace it with another. Remember, veterinarians use the same drugs and in large quantities. Maybe you should ask your vet for a large number, tell him/her why and skip the physician? I used to be cautious about selling drugs OTC but now the CO-ops, Tractor supply, and feed stores sell the same things without any restrictions.
36 posted on 09/09/2012 5:26:09 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

Skip the doctor and the vet. Click on the link in post #25.


37 posted on 09/09/2012 5:39:45 PM PDT by blam
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To: Old Sarge

PING!


38 posted on 09/09/2012 8:42:33 PM PDT by Bride Of Old Sarge (I'm sweet and innocent...just ask my birds...and my cats....and my dog....just don't ask my kids....)
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