Places called Deschutes County in the United States confirmed a case of bubonic plague in a local patient, after nine years of no reported infections with this disease in the state of Oregon.
“The individual may have been infected by his symptomatic cat, said the authorities.”No more cases of plague appeared.”
The health officer of the province, Dr. Richard Fawcett, reported that “all close contacts of the resident and his pet have been contacted and given medications to prevent illness.”
The authorities also assured that “during the investigation of communicable diseases, no more cases of pests emerged.”.
Symptoms of bubonic plague usually begin in humans two to eight days after exposure to an infected animal or flea.
Among the signs of this disease, you will find a sudden fever, nausea, weakness, tremors, muscle pain, and/or visible swollen lymph nodes, called. owls.
If not diagnosed early, bubonic plague can progress to septicemic fish (bloodstream infection) and/or, due to pneumonia (lung infection), forms of plague that are more severe and difficult to treat.
What is bubonic plague?
Bubonic plague is an infectious disease that causes swelling of the lymph nodes. According to the Mayo Clinic, a swollen lymph node is called a bubo, which leads to a disease called “bubonic.”
“If a person has bubonic plague, buboes appear in the armpits, groin, or neck.” They detail this to also explain that the boils may or may not cause pain and that their size may vary between one and 10 centimeters.
Deschutes County explained that this plague is transmitted to people or animals by infected flea bites or by contact with an infected animal with the disease.
In Oregon, the animals that most transmit this disease are squirrels, but rats and other rodents can also spread the disease.
To prevent the spread of bubonic plague, they recommend the following actions:
- Avoid all contact with rats and their fleas. Do not touch sick, injured, or dead mice.
- Keep your pets on a leash when outside, and protect them with flea control products. Do not allow pets to be near sick or dead rats or to explore rat holes.
- Domestic cats are susceptible to fleas, and infected cats can transmit the bacteria to humans. If possible, stop hunting rats.
- Keep feral rodents away from homes and remove food, wood piles, and other rodent-attracting areas around homes and outbuildings.
- Do not camp, sleep, or rest near animal burrows or places where dead rodents are found.
- Avoid feeding squirrels or other wild rodents at campsites and picnic areas.
- Store food and garbage in rodent-proof containers.
- Wear long pants tucked into boots to reduce exposure to fleas. Apply insect repellent to socks and pants to help reduce exposure to fleas.
This article is designed to inform and is not intended to provide medical advice or solutions.
Always consult your doctor or specialist if you have questions about your health or before starting treatment.