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BREAKING: Bubonic Plague In L.A.

 
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BREAKING: Bubonic Plague In L.A.
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LA Woman Hospitalized With Bubonic Plague
Apr 18 9:15 PM US/Eastern
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By ALICIA CHANG
AP Science Writer


LOS ANGELES


A woman was hospitalized earlier this month with bubonic plague, the first confirmed human case in Los Angeles County in more than two decades, health officials said Tuesday.

The woman, who was not identified, was admitted April 13 with a fever, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. A blood test confirmed she had contracted the bacterial disease. The woman was placed on antibiotics and is in stable condition, officials said.

Bubonic plague is not contagious, but if left untreated it can morph into pneumonic plague, which can be spread from person to person. Bubonic plague is usually transmitted to humans from the bites of fleas infected by dead rodents.

Health officials suspect the woman was exposed to fleas in her central Los Angeles home, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county's director of public health. The woman's family was also placed on antibiotics as a precaution, but there's no evidence they were infected.

The case is unusual because it occurred in an urban area, Fielding said. Most bubonic plague outbreaks happen in rural communities.

Health officials said there was no cause for panic because the disease is not easily transmissible.

"There's no cause for alarm in the community," Fielding said.

Health officials went to the woman's home Monday to trap squirrels and other wild animals. Blood samples from the animals will be sent to a lab to determine if any are infected.

An estimated 10 to 20 Americans contract plague each year, mostly in rural communities. About one in seven cases is fatal, according to federal statistics.

The last human cases of plague in Los Angeles County occurred in 1984 when three people contracted the disease. Two of those cases were travel-related and the third involved a person exposed to a sick animal. All three survived.

Bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe between 1346 and 1351. The last major urban outbreak in the U.S. occurred in Los Angeles in 1924-25, when at least 30 people died.

In California, bubonic plague is prevalent among squirrels in the Angeles National Forest and other parks. Health officials regularly warn campers and hikers to take precaution against the disease by avoiding infected animals.

The plague is considered a bioterrorism agent and state law requires that doctors report suspected cases to local health departments.

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Los Angeles Department of Health Services: [link to www.dhs.co.la.ca.us]
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Re: BREAKING: Bubonic Plague In L.A.
It's all the illegals bringing disease to the city.
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Re: BREAKING: Bubonic Plague In L.A.
I'm not worried, I've had the shot.
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You can get a shot for that?
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Damn straight you can get a shot. For that and about every other communicable bug out there. Hurts like hell and takes a couple of weeks, during which you'll wish several times you would die.
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Damn bed bugs on the loose again! thwak
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garlic, lots and lots of RAW garlic!
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Stay away from critters like squirrels and coons, skunks and dirty places, dont sit in pissy corners.
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It was either the shot that included the plague or the one that had the typhoid in it that was the worst. My arm swelled up and I got a light case of one of the bugs in that shot. That was one of the times I wished I could just go on and die.
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Told you all last year when the Ice melts up north to expect diseases not seen in a long time, and some never before known. (those still coming, but not far off)


Common sense tells us, whatever was going around through-out history, is recorded in that ice. Such things are not limited to 'soil' etc...
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Thought I should mention this incase some aren't putting it together yet- more the ice melts, further in history it goes back. Thus, things we haven't ever heard of before will soon surface.
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Sounds logical. Ice is like a time capsule.
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You know they buried all those 1918 flu victims in shallow permafrost graves in North America and Europe. That's bad news.. but not as bad as the smallpox victims buried beside them.

I might as well smoke another cigarette.
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scream scream scream scream scream
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It's nothing to do with ice caps melting, we get a couple of cases of plague every year here in Ca.

Weather conditions may be adding to the problem right now. Why don't you all look up the hanta virus and tell us what that's been doing the last month as well.
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I posted a story about it already. Southern Washington state and Oregon have outbreaks of it. Three dead, scores sick.
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Then I guess you understand Mrdjs7, that we're going to see an increase in animal carried diseases this year. Instead of 2-3 case of plague, we'll see 8-10 cases. Hanta is definately one to keep an eye out for though.
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I see the Mumps are also a around. Story is pinned at the top.

Lots of things going around.
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Uh yep, and you got the Dengue spreading to the south of us as well.
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didn't see the Dengue story.
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Doesn't surprise me, most people think that's just over in Indonesia and India.

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Thanks for the link. Makes you wonder about what the two hurricanes did when the water uprooted all of those bodies down South.

What did they die of?
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Mumps. 1rof1
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well its like sopposedly from rodents and the flea's that people contract the disease, yet this thing can morph into the Pnueumonic. this is a shifty plague in my book. and my books pretty good.

you should read it
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Did anyone see this evenings episode of "HOUSE"? Seems peculiarly familiar to the senario at hand....HMMM...
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anyone have TIVO?
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Bubonic Plague..!! scream
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"Did anyone see this evenings episode of "HOUSE"? Seems peculiarly familiar to the senario at hand....HMMM..."

YES! I was just about to type that..I find the timing of that very strange.
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You folks in LA if the earthquake does'nt get ya the plague surely will.
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Yes I saw house, what a coincidence?

But maybe, just maybe she didn't get it from an animal...

Maybe someone is spreading it... Oh well we'll know in a few days...
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anyone see 24 this week

the president is definately involved here





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