Skip to comments.2 cases of plague in dogs confirmed
Posted on 06/22/2013 7:46:07 AM PDT by Kartographer
Two cases of plague in dogs have been confirmed in the East Mountains area of Bernalillo County.
The cases occurred between late May and mid-June and were confirmed by Albuquerques Urban Biology Division. Both dogs have recovered from the illness.
An environmental investigation will be held at the site where the infection is believed to have occurred, according to an Albuquerque Environmental Health Department news release.
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New Mexico PING!
I never heard of the dog carrying the flea which transmits plague. Interesting and rather scary.
Land of the flea, and the home of the plague.
Ain’t migration great!
Rodents, fleas, dogs...
This will be very hard to nail down. LMAO
This probably happens just about every year. Who knew...
The plague is a common thing in rodents in certain regions of our nation. This is not migration related.
Rodents have fleas and sometimes those fleas are transferred to domesticated animals.
Humans can be infected too. Every once in a while you’ll hear of it happening. They are given medication and generally return to good healthy in short order. A very advanced case may cause death if the person failed to seek medical help until they were near death.
Beat me to it! Kind of a let down after Watership Down but at 10, I got a kick out of reading shampoo bottles.
I actually liked it better than Watership Down.
Supposed to have locusts this year too.
My pleasure. Take care...
Welllll, actually the Chinese laborers brought in to work on the railroads 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 simply refused to believe that their was Plague in their fair city, 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.
The four corners area is famous for the plague. It happens all the time, some years worse than others. The Prairie dog is the culprit in most cases.
Thank you Null and Void. That was interesting.
I think the context in which this issue was raised here, was as it relates to the problems of our southern border. Now that may not be the case, it may have been the broader issue of all immigrants to our nation.
Either way, in today’s climate, we are not seeing instances of the plague spike because of immigration.
Of course that doesn’t mean that we aren’t seeing spikes in other diseases. In fact we’re seeing spikes in diseases we all but eradicated in the U. S. Instances of Tuberculosis are spiking. Instances of some childhood diseases have increased.
Immigration is still a problem as it relates to the introduction of disease into the U. S., but the plague probably isn’t one of the problems.
Has this ever happened before?
Certainly, I’m just bitter about Novartis’ discontinuation of Interceptor, but it’s curious that that, with the exception of Heartgard & Iverhart (same thing), the meds being pushed (Sentinel & Trifexis) contain flea control. And now this. Compounding pharmacies can no longer obtain Diethylcarbamazine- “Filaribits”, as they could 3 years ago and Milbemycin Oxime- “Interceptor”, is still available outside the U.S. but is restricted from being sold to clients in the U.S.
It’s not so much a conspiracy consideration as it is a rabid mistrust of PhRMA.
I hate these people.
Maybe these critters are illegal immigrants bringing all kinds of good stuff in from Mexico.
It’s a hard world for animals, Snitter.
I think they had a few cases of hanta in the four corners area, too.
I have had good results in eradication of fleas and mosquitoes treating the soil with beneficial nematodes.
Is there an oral anti-rabies treatment? I have a cute little half-grown raccoon who comes to my house for supper every night. She eats her dessert (an oatmeal cookie) right out of my hand, but I would like to treat her for rabies prevention yet don’t want to traumatize her by trapping her for shots.
Migration? Which migration? Fleas/plague have been an issue in 4 corners and surrounding area for as long as things have been written about it...so if you are talking migration of Native Americans, later Spanish explorers, and white settlers- likely plague was already there. Prairie dogs and rabbits carry fleas/plague in that area- domestic dogs are fairly new in the equation. I grew up near the Navajo and Hopi reservations and it has always been an issue.
Land of the flea, and the home of the plague.
Okay, that’s funny.
I was thinking tuberculosis.
You are from Tennessee? You must know they are mighty tasty when young and tender.
"The epidemic of cocoliztli from 1545 to 1548 killed an estimated 5 million to 15 million people, or up to 80% of the native population of Mexico (Figure 1). In absolute and relative terms the 1545 epidemic was one of the worst demographic catastrophes in human history, approaching even the Black Death of bubonic plague, which killed approximately 25 million in western Europe from 1347 to 1351 or about 50% of the regional population.
The cocoliztli epidemic from 1576 to 1578 cocoliztli epidemic killed an additional 2 to 2.5 million people, or about 50% of the remaining native population.
Those are certainly some tragic numbers. Wow...
Prairie Dogs abound in my neck of the woods in Colorado, and plague-ridden fleas abound on the P-dogs. A few local idjuts occasionally think it’s a wonderful idea to take their crazy-ass Irish Setters (or whatever) to go romping about in the P-dog colonies. Oh joy. What fun. Rover then picks up a few plague fleas, brings them home, and the next thing you know a few local idjuts are being rushed to the hospital with plague. And so goes the life-cyle of the plague in Colorado.
The following precautions are advised to minimize the risk of plague:
- Avoid sick or dead rodents
- Admire wildlife from a distance; do not approach wild rodents or their burrows and do not feed them
- Prevent rodents from living near the house or other buildings; remove trash and weeds and elevate woodpiles
- Prevent pets from roaming or hunting
- Use regular, year-round flea and tick control on pets
- Take sick pets to a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment
Better plague than rabies... but not much better.
My daughter survived bubonic plague in the ‘80’s. They actually did find the dead squirrel that hosted the vector.
That’s awful. Here in Massachusetts we are experiencing outbreaks of Parvo and rabies. Fortunately, we are vigilant in our vaccination schedule, but it’s still a concern, since we have foxes and feral cats in our yard.