Okay, So Who Has “Bubonic Plague” On Their 2024 Disaster Bingo Card?

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by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

This has been quite a decade for global pestilences.  The first one to hit was COVID, and that created a wave of panic that literally paralyzed the entire globe.  The next one to hit was the bird flu.  More than 100 million birds are dead, and now mammals all over the planet are getting infected.  There is a lot of concern that humans could be next, and we will be watching future developments very closely.  Two years ago, Mpox exploded on to the scene, and it rapidly circulated around the world.  Now a much deadlier new version has emerged in Africa, and global health authorities are quite alarmed about this.  On top of everything else, this year we are dealing with the worst outbreak of dengue fever that we have ever witnessed.  Millions have already been infected, and there have even been hundreds of cases here in the United States.

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With everything else that has been going on, I didn’t expect to be talking about bubonic plague.

In the 14th century, bubonic plague killed somewhere between 30 to 50 percent of the population in some parts of Europe.

Overall, it has been estimated that approximately 50 million people were wiped out.

So this is a disease that we definitely don’t want to see make a major comeback.

Unfortunately, it keeps popping up in various parts of the western United States.

On Monday, health officials in Colorado announced that there is a confirmed case of bubonic plague in Pueblo County

A person in Pueblo County, Colorado, about 100 miles south of Denver, has been infected with bubonic plague, local health officials said Monday.

Last week, state and local officials identified the case based on preliminary test results. Trysten Garcia, a spokesperson for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, said in an email Tuesday morning it was bubonic plague. Earlier announcements had been more general, stating it was “plague.” The infection was initially reported on Friday. The department said the person was hospitalized for bubonic plague but their condition improved. Because plague is endemic locally, it’s hard to pinpoint the source of infection, Garcia said.

Hopefully they identified that case in time.

Back in March, one man that was not diagnosed soon enough ended up dying

A New Mexico man has died after contracting the bubonic plague, the state’s health department said in a news release last Friday.

It is the first human case of plague in New Mexico since 2021 and the first death since 2020, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The man’s name was not released to the media, but the department of health says the man resided in Lincoln County and that NMDOH staff is conducting outreach to area residents.

A month before that, there was a confirmed case in Oregon, and authorities are telling us that the victim was “likely infected by their pet cat” in that case…

Health officials announced this week that a resident of Deschutes County — a rural part of Oregon — was diagnosed with plague, marking the state’s first human case in more than eight years. The person was likely infected by their pet cat, who had developed symptoms, according to Deschutes County Health Services.

One of the reasons why this disease is so difficult to eliminate is because it spreads among animals, and cats and dogs that get infected can carry it home to their owners

Usually, people get the plague after being bitten by a rodent flea carrying Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes the disease, or by handling an infected animal, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cats, which become sick themselves, can directly infect humans, while hardier dogs may simply carry the fleas back to their owners. People also can become sick by inhaling droplets from the cough of an infected person or animal.

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